Shaping the future
Because of this, Council is determined to ensure that young people are supported and connected to the community, whilst having a sense of drive and ambition for their future. Through the West Tamar Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Council’s Youth Services Team, Council is committed to the ongoing provision of youth services that seek to improve youth health and well-being outcomes.
The fifth West Tamar Youth Strategy (2020-2022) has been developed to provide a relevant, forward thinking and responsive strategic framework, supporting Council’s vision ‘to create an inclusive community where people want to live, work and invest.’ (Strategic Plan 2018 – 2028 on Council’s website).
Over 950 young people responded throughout the review process to determine the degree to which current services are meeting the needs of our young people, and to identify new areas of focus. This has provided Council with a renewed understanding of some of the issues confronting our young people, including: mental and physical health, bullying, transport and online safety concerns. It has also highlighted the need for continued youth engagement and innovative approaches in a changing world.
The strategy proposed here outlines 4 key goals (areas of focus) that highlight for young people to be engaged, connected, empowered and ambitious. There are associated actions to ensure that we continue to implement a diverse range of initiatives that actively engage, educate and support our young people.