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Thurrock Council pledge to run youth services more commercially


YOUTH services run by Thurrock Council will continue to grow and build on the current commercial model, councillors have heard.

Presenting his report to Cabinet on Wednesday (5 April), Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden, explained that services, including Inspire and Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre, will remain and be invested in as a commercial model.

Inspire provides a range of education, employment and training services to 13-25 year olds in Thurrock and the surrounding area and Grangewaters is a year-round outdoor education centre set in Thurrock’s countryside.

Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, said: “I am delighted that we will continue to provide these important services to young people.

“Inspire provides a link to quality opportunities and aims to raise expectations and ambition, empowering our young people to take opportunities wherever they find them.

“Since the service adopted a commercial model, Grangewaters has gone from losing a great deal of money to finally breaking even.

“As with all areas of the council, where we are offering a great service we should look to further develop the commercial model. The money raised will, of course, be invested back into vital services for children and young people.”


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