The Area Council Manager apprised Members of the discussions that took place at a recent workshop to explore the opportunity for a North Area Council funded Health and Wellbeing project.
It was explained that two workshops had taken place to identify a young people based programme. A number of themes emerged but it was not possible to prioritise one theme over another. The workshops agreed that as this is a large and complex area of work, significant mapping would be required to invest responsibly in this priority area
A discussion took place regarding a number of issues which had emerged, including:
· The need to ensure that the Targeted Youth Support (TYS) and Targeted Information Advice and Guidance (TIAG) services are not duplicated;
· Behaviour change takes time and will not happen overnight
· An acknowledgement that although St Helens ward has the highest levels of need, there are pockets of needs in other areas.
· As this is a very broad scope, more work is needed to identify a narrower area – hence the need for a mapping exercise involving young people.
(i) Members note the update, and
(ii) Agree a working budget of £4,850 to enable the consultation and mapping exercise and development work with young people to take place to inform future direction and project model.