Merton Council’s youth service has helped a total of 702 young people scoop academic and personal achievements this year compared to 475 in the year 2007/ 08 – an increase of almost 50%.
During both this year and last, the team exceeded local and government targets in terms of the number of young people it helped to gain valuable accreditations in life and social skills.
This year the number of teenagers Merton Council helped to scoop academic and personal achievements surpassed the national average by a significant 32 youngsters.
The young people’s achievements included Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, AQA Unit Awards, first aid qualifications, GCSEs, accreditations in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Information and Computer Technology (ICT) certificates, sporting awards and other accolades.
Much of the youth service’s success is due to changes in the way it helps young people, including providing better information and advice and working even more closely with local youth groups. Now that more groups have access to funding there is an even wider range of activities for teenagers to choose from.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Debbie Shears said: “This is fantastic news for the youth service. Everyone in the team works extremely hard to provide a wide range of activities for young people to take part in and enjoy.
“We are continually looking to put the needs of our younger residents first by giving them opportunities to increase their life and social skills in a fun environment whilst also gaining valuable accreditations which will help them achieve future success in education, training and employment.”
Fore more information about the Merton Council youth service visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/youthservice or phone 020 8640 7050.