Youth work cuts leave young people out in the cold

New report shows how austerity funding cuts mean youth centres in many areas of the UK have ‘all but disappeared’

On a Wednesday afternoon, four young people are discussing adverse childhood experiences in the welcoming space at Merseyside Youth Association (MYA), situated within Liverpool city centre. Young people and youth workers discuss the impact of difficult experiences in childhood, and the risk of turning to drugs or alcohol to cope, as part of a creative arts mental health awareness project that will culminate in a three-day theatre festival in February, involving nine to 25-year-olds. For the participants, youth services have helped them with the challenges of adolescence and making sense of their lives. Engaged in the discussion is Adam, an articulate 22-year-old who has “branched out as a person” since using youth services…more

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