New Approach For Wimbledon Youth Services

'Partnership' scheme brings organisations together

The provision of youth services in Wimbledon will be transformed in 2013 by a partnership approach already piloted in Morden.

From April, youth services in Wimbledon will be funded using a Partnership Consortium Model in which organisations in the voluntary, business and faith sectors come together to offer services to young people in the area.

This partnership approach is designed to help services best meet local need, encourage organisations to work together for common goals, and make the best use of available funding.

The initiative was piloted in Morden, and the Morden Youth Partnership programme started in September. The pioneering approach was the recipient of a coveted national Compact award in November.

At the launch event in Wimbledon, key representatives from the community, council and business sectors discussed their aspirations for the new way of working, assisted by local youth groups' representatives.

Councillor Maxi Martin, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: "The borough's youth services provision is close to my heart, and I am always proud to see our partner organisations work achieve success."

Keith Shipman, Chair of Merton Youth Partnership said: "Following our success with the Compact award we're delighted to be extending this excellent initiative from Morden into Wimbledon."

December 7, 2012