Are you listening?
Some very honest, some very brave young people from the Valleys have made a film about their experiences and their challenges growing up in 2015.
That support is being decimated by the cuts to Local Authority funding and the reduction in support for young people in vulnerable communities. This will inevitable result in greater expense later, be it through social care or prison and in the meantime it will destroy the life chances for some of our most vulnerable young people.
Too often services for young people focus on what we, as adults want. We offer ‘learning’ and ‘education’ and insist that the young people gain a qualification. The young people vote with their feet and those most in need of support steer clear of formal settings.
We need to listen and value their opinions. We need to provide Information and support. We also need to challenge and provide alternatives to the sub-culture of the street.
Go to www.Valleyskids.org to see the work we do and get involved.