Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman revealed on Twitter how this substantial amount of money will be spent, highlighting the importance of the safe spaces for young people and the necessity of a holistic approach to their development.
The plan includes the reopening of 18 youth clubs that were closed by the previous administration. According to Mayor Rahman, these clubs will be vital safe spaces for young people, allowing them to transition to post-16 education and develop important life skills. The clubs will be staffed with mentors who will guide the youngsters and create opportunities for them to play sports, socialise with their peers, and spend time in a positive environment.
To ensure the success of the plan, the Mayor has invited several groups to have their say, including the Youth Council, Young Mayor, Youth Justice Participation Group, and Children in Care council. He emphasised the importance of having practitioners and experts take the lead in this initiative.
The Mayor also stressed the importance of the quality of youth services, and stated that there are “no half-measures when it comes to Tower Hamlets youth.” The borough has previously been accredited by the National Youth Agency for their outstanding work with young people.
In addition to the reopening of the youth clubs, there are many exciting projects for young people to look forward to, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the London Youth Games project, school holiday activities, and a summer programme designed to get youngsters active and making friends.
Mayor Rahman encourages all residents to attend the youth service hackathon and make their voices heard, as he believes that the youth service belongs to the community. He ended his Twitter thread by saying that this ambitious plan to overhaul the youth service will not only keep young people safe but also benefit the wider public, as it equips the youngsters with the tools and resources to ensure they are not steered towards crime or antisocial behaviour.
Tower Hamlets residents can look forward to a brighter future for their youth, with safe and positive spaces for young people to grow, learn and develop.