15 January 2019

As part of our Champion London Youth campaign, we have been calling on our members and supporters to let the Youth Minister Mims Davies MP and other policymakers know that every young person deserves to have high quality, open access youth services in their local community. You can read our full letter below and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s full response here.

As the new Youth Minister, we are calling on you to champion London youth by supporting youth services. You can find out more about our Champion London Youth campaign to combat negative youth stereotypes.

Every young person deserves to have high quality, open access youth services in their local community. Youth services support young people’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing. They connect young people to their communities, provide positive opportunities and relationships, and they help young people become happy and healthy adults. In short, youth services have a truly transformative impact on young lives.

The last decade has been hard for youth services and young people have suffered. In London alone, there is a minimum of £39 million less being spent each year, meaning there are at least 800 fewer youth workers transforming young people’s lives each day. We must protect a vital part of our social infrastructure or risk failing a generation.

It’s time to ensure that every single young person in London has a place close by where they can be safe, have fun, learn, develop, and get the support they need. We are calling for next year’s Spending Review to include a heavy reinvestment in youth work and to unlock the potential in every single young person.