Brighter Future for Youth Clubs in Surrey

Local groups to be supported to make better use of Surrey Youth Centres

Youth clubs owned and leased by Surrey County Council are to be opened up for use by local communities to boost activities available to young people. Surrey County Council today announced its decision to allow community, voluntary and faith groups to run youth centre programmes, in a bid to open up more services for young people and local communities.

Surrey’s County Councillor for Children, Young People and Families, Mary Lewis said:

“By entering into partnership with local community, voluntary and faith groups, we open up the possibility for more activity and social contact for young people in Surrey. The social impact of Covid-19 makes it more important than ever that children and young people have access to youth facilities.

“Where appropriate, locally managed centres will allow local communities to be more involved in the kind of activity that is offered at their own youth centres. It will also allow Surrey County Council to focus on providing support for particularly vulnerable young people.”

The move will allow local groups to either lease or use youth centre buildings from the County Council at no or minimal cost for the benefit of young people. Community participation is a key part of Surrey County Council’s Community Vision for 2030.

The County Council will continue to maintain and fund the youth centre buildings and oversee the arrangements in place with groups using the youth centres.

The move will allow for youth centre facilities to be used for other community activities, including for adults. However, their focus will remain for the provision of youth programmes.