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The Youth Service Survey 2009 asked young people what they thought of
Council-run youth clubs in Hackney. Most think that youth clubs offer a good service and think staff do a good job. For example, when asked to rate the attitude, friendliness and professionalism of Youth Service staff, nine in ten young people responded by saying they felt provision was either ‘good' or 'very good’.
The good news
Young people said they thought some areas, such as girls-only provision and health activities, had improved a lot over the last year (14% and 28.9% respectively). Young people also said they feel safe attending youth clubs, and encouragingly, feel safer living in Hackney.
A majority of young people said they felt safe attending youth centres in Hackney (around 90% saying they felt safe/very safe) and a majority felt they felt safe living in Hackney (68.9% saying they felt safe/very safe).
Could do better?
Most young people who responded to the survey seemed to think the Youth Service was doing well. However, there's still room for improvement. For example, 27% said they felt that a lack of facilities would stop them from accessing youth services. Hopefully, this is something the Youth Service can improve upon with the introduction of five new youth centres over the next two years or so.
The Youth Service received 161 surveys. Everyone who returned a survey was entered into a prize draw for £100 in high-street vouchers. The winner was Sharif Siddik from Hackney.
Want to read the whole story?
You can download a copy of the Youth Service Survey report by clicking here. If you’ve got something to say, then why not contribute to the young hackney myplace forum (in the right hand menu) and tell us what you think about the plans for the new youth centres, and how you think this will change youth services in Hackney. To find out more about the new youth centres visit: www.younghackney.org/myplace