NYA was on national radio on Monday 25 April talking about the impact of cuts on youth services.
Jon Boagey spoke to BBC 5 Live’s Eleanor Oldroyd about the importance of young people having a safe place to go where they feel supported.
“It’s vital that young people get access to youth workers with the right kind of skills, whether that be in a centre, a park or on street corner”, said Jon.
“Young people need someone to listen to them who is not a parent or a teacher.
“Big cuts to local government income have forced councils to focus on statutory services with severe reductions in spending on youth services. Provision goes now only to the most vulnerable, the most challenged.
“New initiatives like social investment together with corporate and voluntary sector support are welcome but still require the local authority to hold the ring and take an overarching responsibility.”
To hear the full interview visit the BBC iplayer radio and listen from 39 minutes.