The youth outreach programme commenced in October 2017. After consulting with some of the young people in the village, the following sessions are being planned:
- Wed 4pm-6pm Tea Time Juniors. This has already started and 20 young people have registered so far
- From Wed 14th Feb 6.30pm -8.30pm there will be a Senior Information and Advice Drop In session for the 13+ age group
Both these sessions will provide a safe space for young people to be with their friends, have fun, and discuss age appropriate issues such as internet safety, friendships & healthy relationships and citizenship. We hope that members of both these groups will become involved in community events throughout the year.
Our youth team have also been approached by a local DJ and fitness provider to deliver sessions for both older and younger children in the very near future. We welcome ideas from anyone else who has the time or skills to deliver either a one-off session or longer term project so that we can offer as diverse a programme of activities as possible to reach all young people in the village.
Quite separately, plans to support the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are progressing. The Parish Council has registered some 51 young people for the scheme, of which 20 are from Burley. Bradford Council Youth Services will provide weekly training sessions and the Parish Council will provide financial support. The annual cost for this is estimated at £358 per person. It is proposed that this will be part funded by parents, Bradford Youth Service (who will provide the weekly sessions) and the Parish Council for the Burley-based young people who take up the service. Menston, Ilkley and Addingham Parish Councils will be approached on that basis in order to secure places for their young people attending the sessions in Burley.
In the meantime, the Parish Council will meet with the local churches to co-ordinate the youth activities that are taking place across the village.