The item was introduced by the Area Council Manager. Attention was drawn to the Part A of the report, in particular the figures relating to the numbers of young people engaged in volunteering which had increased by 123 to 138.
The meeting went on to consider Part B of the report which provided a more detailed narrative on the projects funded.
With regards to the Clean and Tidy Team, the meeting noted that the contract with the existing provider had been extended in order to ensure that there was a scaled down service in place until the retendered service was established. This comprised of two members of staff employed three days a week. These staff would be TUPEd to the organisation successful in gaining the new contract.
Performance against the contract with DIAL continued to be positive, with a significant increase in numbers in the previous month. It was agreed that this situation be monitored closely.
For Penistone FM Young People in Radio, Penistone Youth Project, and Penistone Scout Activity Centre Development it was noted that a more detailed report would be submitted to the next meeting of the Area Council. Members did note the work of Penistone FM and the young people involved in reporting at the Tour De Yorkshire.
The meeting discussed the contract with Age UK, and it was noted that all targets were being met. The ‘Eyes on the Ground’ initiative had been successful in identifying people who could make use of the service and had led to a number of people being referred. It was suggested that the success of the commission was attributed to the involvement of local people.
Members noted that ‘Penistone Big Knit’ would shortly be launched, which was hoped would raise the profile of the project, reaching more people and increasing involvement.
RESOLVED that the report be noted.