A few years ago Essex Youth Services ran a number of different programmes from its buildings in, amongst others, Hullbridge & Rayleigh. Hullbridge enjoyed 2 open sessions and a closed one each week, run by professionals and Rayleigh catered for even more.
The Youth Service had a budget then of around £12m, that budget was cut a couple of years ago to just £5m ensuring a wave of redundancies across the County of experienced and professional Youth Workers. Hullbridge Youth Centre is now entirely reliant on volunteers to run (with some professional oversight) and Rayleigh finds itself in a similar position.
The latest proposal coming from County are cuts of £3m bringing the total budget for the whole county down to just £2m. The latest cut of £3m, or 60%, is disproportionate to the budget cuts required at Essex, yet again young people with no vote have been singled out.
There is a consultation running online at present but the closing date is the 20 November. You can find the page here and I believe that it vital that as many people respond to these proposals as possible.