Save Camden and Dorset Youth Services

It is difficult to find fresh words to describe the continuing assault on Youth Services across the country.

Save Camden

What is happening?

The council has approved a widespread cuts package, including massive £1.6 million cuts to youth services which already suffered  £2.3  million of cuts in 2012. This will leave the service over 60% worse off in real terms than in 2011. We believe this will have a significant detrimental impact on young people in Camden as opportunities and positive activities will be slashed.

Here are the headline changes:

  • £1.6 million in funding cuts
  • 64% cut in universal youth service provision
  • closure of two youth centres
  • closure of the COOL project funding activities for low income young people
  • closure of the Under 25’s Advice Centre
  • 70% budget cut to Connexions careers and jobs support for young people
  • further cuts to the youth offending service
  • 25 to 30 full-time equivalent jobs lost


What can you do about it?

Camden UNISON has launched a campaign against the cuts: Save Camden Youth Services. Here is how you can support the campaign:

Find out more

More information is available about the campaign in the following links:


Meanwhile more bad news from Dorset. We’ve received this message.

If you are in Dorchester this Wednesday –

Cabinet meeting 10 a.m, 13th January Dorchester county hall… last chance to save any youth clubs in dorset. “Giving the buildings to interested parties” – providing no staff or professional line management for any and placing whatever full time youth workers left in schools. I feel its a done deal really but hopefully there is enough people there to make their voices heard – an accident waiting to happen. Sad times


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