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Monk Bretton youth work investment announced

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Friday 4th April 2014

MORE than £100,000 is being invested in Monk Bretton to reach out to 'disengaged' youngsters socialising on street corners and in parks.

The three year Lottery-funded project builds on successful street-based youth work projects that have been delivered in the village since 2009.

It will be led by the Youth Association which has been commissioned to help young people learn new skills through healthy activities and develop employment prospects through local volunteering.

Street-based youth work will be delivered weekly by the association, focusing on youth-related issues, with the aim of improving relations between young people, businesses and the community.

Dmitry Fedotov, senior youth worker at the association, said: "We believe the methods and values of youth work make it one of the most effective ways of engaging young people in a positive way.

"Detached youth work is designed to remove the obstacle of lacking provision for 13 to 19-year-olds in places like Monk Bretton, where young people have no youth club or similar space and socialise outdoors."


Sir Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council, welcomed the £106,162 investment.

"The Youth Association has worked in Monk Bretton over a number of years and has had a number of hugely successful projects which we hope can continue in future."

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Posted by David I Tue 8th Apr 2014 at 6:56pm
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Posted by David I Tue 8th Apr 2014 at 6:58pm

As a local business owner, this is great news for the residents and business owners. What I cannot seem to get my head around is the fact that no money is being spent or allocated to the huge problem that we have in Mandela Gardens in the town centre, at a meeting recently myself and other business owners were asked for our thoughts on how to combat the problem of anti-social behaviour in the town as it's driving people away from the town, we gave the council our ideas and thoughts that evening only to be met with "we have no money" We were only asking for enough to install a couple of CCTV cameras, and a huge floodlight to light up the gardens in the evening enabling the people (taxpayers) to be able to walk through the gardens in the evening without feeling intimidated by the groups of youths that seem to have taken over this area as their own territory. Perhaps the council would like to comment and tell us local business owners in the town what they intend to do about the problem.