William Eichler 26 August 2021

Over two million young people ‘overlooked’ in COVID recovery

Over two million young people ‘overlooked’ in COVID recovery image

The over two million young people living in rural areas are being overlooked in the post-pandemic recovery, a new report has warned.

A new study by the National Youth Agency (NYA) warned that without more investment 2.25 million young people will be left behind as the country recovers from COVID-19.

Overlooked: young people and rural youth services calls for a Rural Action Plan for youth services co-designed with young people.

It also recommended the creation of a comprehensive map of youth services and out of school activities in rural areas, and access to free data to bridge the digital divide.

‘Young people spend 85% of their waking hours each year outside of the school-day. It is imperative that they can access safe places to have fun, meet friends and learn new skills, with a trained and trusted adult who knows what is needed,’ said Leigh Middleton, NYA’s CEO.

‘Yet there is little or no youth provision in many rural areas. Young people living in rural areas are all too often overlooked, leaving them vulnerable to isolation, loneliness and poor mental health.

‘Bold investment is required for a rural action plan designed with young people, to build and bolster local youth services, and mobilise youth workers and volunteers across rural communities. Without such investment to build back better, 2.25 million young people will be left behind.’

The NYA also called for more community transport options, including capital funding for mini-buses, mobile youth services and digital technology.

Overlooked records that during the year up to April 2020 over a third of village halls had reduced their youth work offer. The NYA recommended more investment in community assets to make village halls accessible again.

The group also called for a strengthening of statutory guidance for local authorities and funding to secure a baseline of youth provision, and recommended the inclusion of an annual plan with statements regarding who is setting out to achieve what aims, secured by the local authority and working through local partnerships.

NextGov: Revitalising local democracy image

NextGov: Revitalising local democracy

Dr Jess Garland, director of Research and Policy for the Electoral Reform Society, looks at what the next government should do to revitalise local democracy.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Adoption Team Mid Essex

Essex County Council
£34712 - £46751 per annum
Social Worker - Adoption Team Mid EssexPermanent, Part Time£34,712 to £46,751 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

ASC Systems Trainer

Essex County Council
£32533 - £38275 per annum + Flexible Working, Hybrid
In Adult Social Care we believe that people should be able to live their lives to the fullest and that with the right support everyone can achieve s England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Care Worker - Chrislyn House

Essex County Council
£11.90 - £12.40 per hour + Overtime Enhancement
Senior Care Worker - Chrislyn House£11.90-£12.40 p/h (plus overtime enhancement)Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Waste Operative

Essex County Council
£24100 - £24913 per annum
We are currently recruiting for Waste Operatives to join our Operations team. You will work across the full waste service, according to business needs. England, Essex
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Competency and Compliance Manager

At Telent, you will have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger. To keep things moving, to connect people. It's important work that we are p England, Warwickshire, Warwick
Recuriter: Telent
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.