Children will be left to roam the streets of Rose Hill if the estate’s youth service is hit by council cuts, a resident who grew up with the service has warned.So..? Is that a reason to avoid any cuts? Are ‘the chiiiillllreeeeen!’ now a bulletproof human shield?
Ryan Weller, 20, fears changes to The Oval by Oxfordshire County Council will hit the services on offer to youngsters.So, they are actually improving the service? What’s the problem, then?
The authority is planning to turn the facility into a “satellite” centre as part of changes that will see a further 22 centres lose all authority funding.
The centre will offer more services, the council said, with extra help for children experiencing issues such as school absence and teenage pregnancy.
But Mr Weller, who visited the club daily through his teenage years, is worried this will shift focus away from other types of youth work.I’m sick and tired of boredom being advanced as an excuse for, and inevitable cause of, anti-social behaviour.
He said: “If the club is not open every day we are going to have kids on the street, bored, entertaining themselves.
“There will be problems.”
Oxford city councillor for Rose Hill Ed Turner said: “The bottom line is if cuts to staffing and hours go ahead, local young people in this area of Oxford will really suffer.If children are forming ‘relationships’ with youth workers, rather than with their parents, then it’s a sign that something’s gone badly wrong. Papering over the cracks with more facilities and activities is not the answer.
“They will not be able to build up the same sort of relationships with youth workers as is the case now, and I am certain that incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour will rise.”