Monday, 21 September 2009

More activities to tackle youth crime

Labour has doubled spending on youth services in Lambeth to give more young people things to do this summer. Labour’s summer programme is the biggest ever seen in Lambeth with a range of activities on offer including dance, sport, design and computers.

All this in comparison to the Lib Dems – who had the worst funded youth service in London – and as a result the highest level of youth crime. Under the Lib Dems, youth clubs were closed at weekends, while under Labour there have been extended hours for youth clubs.

Labour’s Florence Nosegbe said: “The Lib Dems were wrong to starve youth services of investment. They left teenagers to hang around on the streets where it’s far too easy for them to get into trouble with gangs. Now Labour’s put that right with a summer of activities that will help keep young people busy and out of trouble.”

Examples of activities include dance classes at the YMCA on Stockwell road, the Stockwell Skate Park and basketball at the old Lilian Bayliss school in Kennington.

To find out what’s on offer for young people, Labour has set up http://www.younglambeth.org/

There’s more information about sports in the area for all ages at http://www.thesportactionzone.org/

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