Sheffield City Council has pledged to invest £2m in youth services to help aid teens transition into adulthood.
The Council say they recognize the challenges young people face now are ‘complex and ever changing’ and they are keen for the new youth service strategy to be co-produced by young people and their families.
Two questionnaires, one for parents and carers and another for young people aged between 16 and 25, have been released for the consultation.
Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s crucial that we look to our city’s young people and parents to provide feedback about what’s available to them now and how we can shape our services in the future.”
“We want to provide support with a coordinated approach, taking our young people on a positive journey into adulthood. These surveys give young people and parents a chance to influence how we spend the investment into Youth Service provision in Sheffield.”
Youth services provided by the council include Youth Clubs, Community Youth Team Support, Sexual exploitation support and more.
Caitlin Maskell, 18, who is a student at the University of Sheffield, said: “With everything reopening soon I’d like to see more done to help young women dealing with sexual harassment.
“I think that would make me feel much more comfortable when going out in a big city like Sheffield.”
This comes after the recent death of Sarah Everard who went missing after walking home in Clapham on March 3rd which has led to lots of young women voicing their fears and experiences of sexual harassment.
Another student from Sheffield, 21, said he would like to see funding put into youth sexual health after he has had multiple cancellations and delays when trying to get tested for HIV.
And Poppy Fisher, 18, said she would like to see more sports facilities to give young people a greater incentive to go outside and be active after lockdown lifts.
She said: “I think it’s important for young people to be active especially after such a long time in lockdown”