EXPERIENCED youth worker Emma Biffi has begun work to help youngsters in Bognor Regis.
Emma has been taken on by the town council for a six-month pilot project. Her role will be to find out why young people fail to use services that would help them.
Sheila Hodgson, the council’s project officer, said: “The aim of the pilot project is for Emma to engage and communicate with the young people of the town by working closely with existing agencies, organisations and partners to establish the barriers young people encounter in accessing safe spaces and services that meet their needs.
“The information and data Emma collates will demonstrate the needs and expectation of young people to the town council and form the basis of any future funding bid for a more permanent position they may wish to consider.”
Emma took up her position on Monday. Her first day saw her meet with members of the council’s youth worker steering group, which will oversee her role and report back to the community engagement and environment committee.
She is working with the Arun Youth Project in Littlehampton, overseeing youth clubs and managing a team which is commissioned by Littlehampton Town Council.
Her pilot project in Bognor Regis is being managed for the town council by Sussex Clubs for Young People as part of the charity’s work to develop a vibrant voluntary and community youth sector which involves, empowers and meets the needs of young people.