Options for providing youth services in the Timaru District are "progressing well", council community services manager Sharon Matson says.
The council has been looking at options for retaining youth services that were in danger of being lost when the council failed to obtain a government-funded contract for the service three months ago.
The two youth worker roles were originally a joint project between the council and the Social Development Ministry, with Presbyterian Support also financially backing the project until this year.
Mrs Matson said if negotiations continued the way they were going, she hoped there would be an announcement on the future of youth services in the next six weeks.
South Canterbury Community College won the ministry's contract to provide the new youth services programme which works with 16 and 17-year-olds who have not achieved level 2 NCEA, as well as helping 16 to 18-year-old parents and 16 and 17-year-olds on benefits.
When the new contract was announced, college manager Andrea Armstrong said there was a need for the youth worker positions to be retained.
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