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City of London Corporation appoints Prospects as youth service provider

08 April 2013

From 1 April, the City of London Corporation will work in partnership with Prospects, City Gateway, and 15 billion to deliver an exciting new look youth service designed by young people for young people.

 Within the £200k initiative, Prospects will provide careers advice and support for young people aged 13 -19. City Gateway will run universal and targeted youth support services, including youth participation and one-to-one case work, while 15 billion is providing systems support.

In response to feedback from young people, the new service will explore ways to signpost City young people to youth centres in Tower Hamlets and Islington.

Raju Rahman, 18, who lives in the City, was involved in designing the new look service and selecting the providers said, "It was an amazing experience and, looking at the new companies, it should be good. I am looking forward to seeing the improvement from where it is now".

Neal Hounsell, the City Corporation's Interim Director of Community and Children's Services, added, "We're really excited to be working with our new partners to deliver a first class service for young people in the City of London. It's an innovative approach; the new look service has been co-produced by our young people to reflect how they live in this modern world where the boundaries between neighbouring boroughs are increasingly irrelevant to them. Many local authorities have been forced to make cuts to their youth service provision. The City of London Corporation is leading the way in making a stand for tomorrow by investing in our young people today."

The new service will continue to run drop in youth sessions at the Green Box Community Centre and the new Artizan Street Library and Community Centre. The range of programmes on offer to young people through City Gateway will include the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Leadership Development, Dance and Photography sessions.

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