Universal Youth Work Proposal

Closed 30 Jun 2020

Opened 16 Dec 2019


Engagement Events Webinar

On behalf of Surrey County Council, I would like to thank all those who attended the webinar delivered on the 24th June. that took place in replacement of the 3 outstanding engagement events that were postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Whilst the webinar replaced the engagement events that were scheduled for the Discovery Centre, Ash Youth Centre, Woking Youth Arts Centre and Lakers Youth Centre it also provided attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the proposed strategy and ask questions about any of the youth centres across the county.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, we have provided below the slides used during the webinar to inform you of what was discussed.

Webinar Slides

Consultation Overview

Currently, Surrey County Council provides open access universal youth work that takes place in youth centres across the county. Open access youth work is often provided in youth centres and is open to all young people without referral or a specific need. Whilst there is no statutory duty for SCC to continue to provide open access universal youth work, SCC recognises that the youth centres themselves are a valued community asset and can play a larger role in achieving the Community Vision for 2030 that includes community participation as one of the priorities.

However, Surrey’s Youth Centres are often underutilised and are not fulfilling their potential for the benefit of young people. Surrey County Council is proposing to increase the availability of the existing youth centres for the use of the voluntary, community and faith sector.

We are therefore consulting on whether Surrey County Council should continue to deliver universal open access youth work and how it could enable the voluntary, community and faith sector to use the youth centres at little or no cost.

For further information or to register an expression of interest in any of the venues to provide services for young people, please email: youthcentres.reginterest@surreycc.gov.uk

The full proposal is available here:

Youth Service Consultation - Strategy

The closing date for the consultation is midnight 30 June 2020

Please note the information you are being asked to provide is anonymous data. The responses you provide will be used for the purposes of this consultation and may be used to provide feedback on other consultations occurring at this time.


  • All Areas


  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Youth workers
  • Health professionals working with children
  • Councillors, MPs
  • Children with disabilities
  • CSF staff
  • Carers
  • Headteachers
  • Health providers
  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Children's Centres
  • Employers
  • Care Leavers
  • SCC staff
  • District and borough council staff
  • Voluntary, community and faith sector organisations
  • Adults Social Care staff
  • Social care service users
  • People who use social care services
  • GPs
  • Healthcare providers
  • All Surrey residents
  • Surrey businesses


  • Schools
  • 6-11 year olds
  • 12-19 year olds
  • 20-25 year olds
  • Commissioning
  • Looked After Children and Care Leavers
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Disabilities
  • Parents and families
  • Staff
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • Safeguarding children
  • Organisations that receive grant funding
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Adult Social Care
  • Social care service users
  • People who use social care services
  • SCC staff