New service agreement recommended for YM

LOCAL youngsters have “benefited considerably” from Montrose YM’s activities, according to an Angus Council report.

Education director Neil Logue has recommended to councillors that the organisation’s service level agreement with the local authority, worth more than £10,000, be extended until the end of March next year.

His report, which also recommends a similar extension for the Forfar Drugs Initiative Group, is due to be considered by education committee members today (Thursday).

The YM has had a service level agreement with the council since 2008 under the terms of which it had to meet a number of criteria including operating an open youth work provision, offering a welcoming environment for local youngsters with opportunities to take part in a range of activities; provide three hours of focused youth work activities offering young people the opportunity to help plan and learn skills in a range of aspect of shared interest; and to participate actively in the work of the Montrose Integrated Children and Young People’s Services Partnership.

Progress in all areas was reviewed in late 2010 and early this year, which also provided an opportunity for the education department to consider any changes required to an extended service level agreement.

Mr Logue said: “It noted that young people have benefited considerably from the opportunities on offer.

“They had developed a more positive view of themselves and their own worth. There was evidence of improvements in relationships between some of the young people and adults in the community. Young people were better able to form an develop good relationships with their peers and adults. They were also more confident and able to plan and develop activities for themselves.”

The report also noted, however, that there was room for improvement in providing opportunities for over-16s and communication between the YM and the local community learning and development service.