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Young People: Voluntary Work

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to support voluntary sector youth projects in promoting constructive activities for young people in the Milton Keynes Council area. (295755)

The allocation through the DCSF Youth Sector Development Fund to MaD, Make a Difference, based in Milton Keynes, is £191,000 in FY 2009-10 and £179,000 in FY 2010-11.

The ‘Make a Difference’ project is providing a range of sports, arts and other activities including a Saturday night dry nightclub for young people aged 13 to 19 years. The project is targeting the most disadvantaged areas of the city. Services are focusing specifically on providing activities on Friday and Saturday nights, and the project aims to reach 1,000 young people.

Milton Keynes’ share of the Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) budget was £251,000 in 2008-09 with an increase to £269,000 in 2009-10 and £560,000 in 2010-11.

This funding is provided to local authorities (LA) for all the year round provision of developmental and diversionary activities—targeted at those young people most at risk of poor outcomes. This is part of the Area Based Grant—giving the LA the flexibility to determine locally how best to spend the investment and the chance to use it to enhance a multi-agency response to the complex needs of at risk young people. Voluntary sector providers will play a key role as partners and providers, but is for the LA—through its children's trust arrangements to decide which projects should be funded.

Milton Keynes receives a total of £113,000 Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) and £131,000 Youth Capital Fund (YCF) per annum.

Voluntary sector organisations are key partners in delivering YOF/YCF in local areas, both as an advisory role to young decision makers and in extending the reach of the funds within communities. Their continued and enhanced involvement is considered key to engaging those young people who do not normally participate. In Milton Keynes 79 per cent. of the successful grants in 2008-09 were awarded to young people involved in voluntary sector youth projects.