Monday, 30 September 2013

Lib Dems Prioritise Vulnerable Children In Play Service Changes

Cambridge City Council’s children and young people’s play service (ChYpPS) is proposed to be restructured under plans to be considered by the council’s Community Services Scrutiny Committee in October.

Under the proposals, ChYpPS will be based at Brownsfield Youth and Community Centre, giving the centre a greater focus on youth activities. The City Council will increase the amount of work it does with partners, such as schools, to deliver play activities and work with vulnerable children. This will allow the service to continue working with young people at less cost to the council.
In addition, ChYpPS will have an important role as a hub to help voluntary and community groups deliver activities for young people. Community groups could be helped to secure temporary street closures for play activities, for example.

Commenting on the proposals, Lib Dem councillor Sarah Brown, portfolio holder for the ChYpPS service said, “while councils run by Labour and the Tories up and down the country are responding to challenging conditions by slashing services across the board, the Lib Dem council in Cambridge is finding ways to continue delivering the services that residents value by innovative ways of working and partnering with other organisations.

These proposals will equip ChYpPS to thrive in a challenging financial environment, and will confirm Cambridge City Council’s position in setting the gold standard for young people’s services.”