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Newham announces major new investment in youth services

Newham Council has announced plans to invest £4.5m into its youth services, employing 40 new youth workers and doubling youth club provision.

The new team, including several detached youth workers who undertake our outreach work, represents the largest expansion of youth workers anywhere in the country and is a key part of Newham’s Brighter Futures agenda as the council attempts to transform the borough to “become the best place for a child and young person to grow up”.

The Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz said: “We have backed our words and commitments with money, I am proud to introduce the 40 new youth workers who have been recruited, following an interview process where young people themselves were given a say in hiring staff.

“At a time when austerity is forcing many local authorities to cut youth funding, Newham is bucking the trend. This new money was not easy to come by, but we have no choice, these young people are our future and must be our priority.”