I think that everyone is aware that Connexions is experiencing some major cuts at the moment. At worst this might mean that youth careers services are going to vanish all together. There is a lots of activity on the policy level, lots of lobbying etc, but I’m not clear what is happening on the ground.
I’d like to hear about what is happening to people and the services they deliver locally. How are Connexions companies and advisers trying to see their way through the current crisis. I think that it is really important that there is somewhere that exeriences are being shared, the impacts of cuts recorded and the potential for campaigns and challenges thought through.
I’d like to offer this blog as a place if there isn’t anywhere else.
I think that we should be talking about:
- What is happening locally? How many people have been made redundant? What is the impact on service users?
- What happens next? How services are being organised? Whether the local Connexions organisation will survive? Whether schools will buy careers services in? What kinds of things schools will buy?
- What you think about this?
I’d suggest that people respond to this in one of three ways:
reply to this post with a quick thought
write a blog post and send it to me or put it on your own blog and tell me
email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with what you can tell me – even if it is off the record
I’ll try and post something drawing together all of the strands once we’ve got a few posts.
What do people think? Is this a good idea? Has anyone got a better one?