Press Release

HAAYA a voluntary youth organisation in Hounslow which works with disengaged and disadvantaged young people is dismayed by the proposal to cut back on the Hounslow Youth Service. The youth service which runs a number of services for young people in the borough and helps over 5000 young people a year will cease to run under proposed cuts by the council. This proposal will mean that all LBH funded Youth Service activity will cease from 31st March 2011. The cuts will close:

3 out of the 5 Youth centres in Hounslow
The only youth counselling services in the Borough
Youth Council and all other Citizenship work delivered by the Youth Service,
Outdoor Education and The Duke of Edinburgh scheme

Holiday activities will be affected, including;

All the work that supports pupils not succeeding in the formal school system
The successful Volunteering Scheme for young people and adults
Alluminae Dance Project which works with over 200 young people per week
Support to the many charities across the borough who have been funded over the past 10 years.

Relatively speaking this cut will save the council a mere £857,000 with the loss of 43 posts and one of the most vital services in the borough. Temoor Khan, a chartered accountant, and Youth Sectary of HAAYA said:

“Disproportionate council cuts to youth services will hamper efforts to fix aspects of a ‘broken’ society. Young people of this borough are in dire need for counselling and youth workers. Many young people see youth workers as role models and mentors. The job cuts planned would be disastrous.”

Mr Khan also warned this could damage efforts to ease social tensions. “All we are doing is compounding problems for later, If we don’t work with these youngsters when they need some sort of support, then there will be detrimental repercussions to the Borough in future years. These problems will be manifested in increased costs impacting policing, health services, alternative education services and social issues of crime and delinquency.”

HAAYA is joining up with the Hounslow Youth Service and will be holding a joint protest March on Saturday 15th January from 11am to 12.30. There will be a noon meeting at Hounslow Youth Centre and a walk through Hounslow town centre. We request the community to join us, the more support, the louder the voice.

HAAYA is requesting all residents of this great borough to write to their local councillors’ executive members and hold them to account for this consequential decision.

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Read the Hounslow Chronicle article here
View the the Hounslow Youth Service Jan 15th protest pics here
Established in 2001, HAAYA is a grass root, voluntary organisation based in Hounslow. For details please visit www.haaya.com For press enquiries please email suhel@haaya.com or call 07947 254 494