Youth worker to leave job

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 14/12/2012
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Youth worker Josh South will leave his position at Youth Alley, after months of uncertainty about the role.

The centre's two youth worker positions have been under threat since government money for the programme was cut as a result of changes to the funding of services by the Social Development and Justice ministries.

In October the YMCA South and Mid-Canterbury reached an agreement with the Timaru District Council, which secured the services for another year.

However, the YMCA committed funding for just one of the positions, held by Mr South and Kirsty Henderson, while additional funding for the second position was secured.

YMCA general manager Keith Shaw said yesterday the preference remained for a two youth-worker model.

A grant of $25,000 from the Mid and South Canterbury Community Trust was secured and would help toward funding a second position, he said.

"We are going to commence our delivery on the 14th of January with one youth worker, but absolutely our preference is a two-youth worker model."

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