Thanks to Clare Buchanan for the link and in my ignorance I’d not heard of the FIXERS charity before.
One of the best films I’ve yet seen on the significance of youth work, which by and large doesn’t trot out cliches about the loss of youth work leading to more crime, more drugs etc., but stresses eloquently the informal, diverse educational character of our practice.
Thanks Piers and company.
Worried cuts to youth services could negatively impact the lives of young people, 21-year-old Piers Telemacque from Bradford is calling on others to voice their concerns to save this support in their communities.
Earlier this year, Piers and other local young people led a successful anti-cuts campaign, which resulted in the youth services budget in Bradford only being reduced by 36 per cent instead of the initially proposed 79 per cent.
They are now urging others to join in the fight to preserve what they feel is a critical lifeline for young people.
‘We knew that the only way to stop this was to mobilise young people, students and parents, go to council meetings and let them know the true implications of these actions,’ explains Piers.
‘I was 13 when I got involved with the youth service, which changed my life.
‘It made me realise that we have a voice and that if we talk loud enough, we will be listened to.
‘I’m working with Fixers to make sure that young people recognise their true potential and speak out against cuts.’
With the help of Fixers, Piers and his group have produced a short film.
Featuring interviews from those who credit youth work for changing their life, they hope it will persuade public officials to make these services statutory, so councils are obliged to provide protected funding.