LSP says it’s all about young people! - Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats
Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

LSP says it’s all about young people!

With the jobless total for 16-24 year olds reaching a UK high of 21.3%, the Adur and Worthing LSP agreed at its annual conference that young people would be one of their main priorities!
 
The LSP (Local Strategic Partnership known as Waves Ahead) plans to deliver three new projects to boost the life chances of young people across the area.  Attending the conference and helping to shape the LSP agenda for the year – Oct 2011 to Oct 2012 – were students from Worthing High School and Lancing’s Sir Robert Woodard Academy
 
Three key initiatives to help youngsters emerged. Firstly to get school/colleges to liaise with businesses so that students leave education with the right qualifications, aspirations and skills to get a job.
 
Andrew Swayne, Vice Chair of Waves Ahead, said: “It’s not surprising that employment, training and the wellbeing of young people were high on the list of priorities for action for the 60 or so people taking part.  It is really important that they get access to proper training and development so that they have a really good chance of competing in the workplace. “
 
The second aims to help children and young people in-care to get support and encouragement from business mentors; for example there are 764 ‘looked after children’ in West Sussex who are at risk of not doing so well as others of the same age.
 
Liam Mills, Worthing Youth Mayor adds: “By mentoring children in care and taking a keen, strong role in developing the project, local businesses will certainly help change these young people’s lives for the better!”
 
The third engages the older population with the young by teaching them how to eat and cook healthily on a tight budget. As the impact of the financial crisis continues to bite and levels of poverty in deprived areas soars, children and young people need to acquire life skills which they don’t always learn at home in order to stay healthy and fulfil their potential.
 
Andrew Gardiner, Chair of Waves Ahead, explained: “The LSP is all about delivering practical projects that are low on cash needed but high on insight and getting local organisations working better together to give maximum value from public spending.
 
In just over one year since Waves Ahead was set up over £415,000 of funding, brought in from outside the district and borough, has been spent delivering 60 community projects. These projects ranged from prevention link workers supporting isolated older people through Guildcare to volunteer mentors trained to support people with mental health difficulties through MIND.
 
Despite the focus on young people help was also pledged to support local shops, community-led food growing, a flexible bus pass scheme to enable community transport for older people, a creative sector hub and a programme for tutors of English for speakers of other languages.
 
The Waves Ahead Annual Report 2010-11 is available from community.planning@adur-worthing.gov.uk or call 01273 263178.
 
Notes
 
1. Adur & Worthing created a joint Local Strategic Partnership, called Waves Ahead, in May 2010. They produced a joint Sustainable Community Strategy, also known as Waves Ahead, for the area for 2010-2026 which seeks to preserve the good things about where we live as well as a commitment to improve the things that are important to local people: feeling safe and included, strengthening the local economy, improving job prospects, better health and wellbeing for all and quality amenities.
 
2. Waves Ahead LSP is a partnership of local statutory, voluntary and community organisations, businesses and education providers:
  • Business sector (represented by Adur and Worthing Business Partnership)
  • NHS West Sussex
  • Adur Council for Voluntary Services
  • Worthing Council for Voluntary Services
  • Adur and Worthing Councils
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Education (Chair or representative of Area B Partnership Board)
  • Sussex Police
  • West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

 

3. The jobless total for 16-24 year olds reached a record high of 21.3% in mid-October 2011. UK unemployment reached a 17 year high of 2.57 million.
 
4. The latest Indices of Multiple Deprivation show that Adur remains the most deprived district in the county (although it has improved slightly since 2004) and Worthing is the third most deprived. Both district have two wards in the top 20% most deprived wards nationally – Central and Heene in Worthing and Eastbrook and Southlands in Adur.  When deprivation is further broken down, these wards also feature in the top 20% most deprived nationally for income and/or employment.