Youth Service (Gibraltar)
Government of Gibraltar
Youth Centre: 20040293
Dolphins Youth Club: 20040104
Laguna Youth Club: 20079443
Plater Youth Club: 20070867
The Youth Service was started in Gibraltar in 1963. It forms part of the Ministry of Culture, the Media Youth and Sport whose Minister is The Hon S Linares.
The Gibraltar Youth Service is staffed by one Principal Youth Officer, two Senior Youth & Community Workers and five full-time Youth and Community Workers. In addition to this, the service employs fifteen paid part-time Youth Support Workers and a number of mentors and volunteers.
The team is based on the first floor of Lolo’s Hall Building inside the patio at Montagu Bastion, Line Wall Road.
Montagu Bastion Complex consists of:
• Upper Level
• A multipurpose hall used by a “Morning Nursery”, meetings and training delivery.
Linewall Road Level & Patio Area
• Youth Centre Building
• Is used by the youth club known as “The Youth Centre”.
• Premises used by 3rd Europa Scout group also forms part of this building but used independently.
• Lourdians Athletics Association have separate and independently accessed premises at the Line Wall Road level of this building.
Lolo’s Hall Building
• Accommodates Montagu Bastion Youth Gym–Toilet & shower facilities.
The Youth Service allocates grants to associations delivering Youth Work and aims to involve and enable young people. Support is also given to "The Cheshire Home Project, The Luce Foundation, and performing arts groups with rehearsal space, fundraising opportunities and workshops. The Youth Service also acts as a clearinghouse for many youth initiatives including local ethnic groups, neighbourhood initiatives and parents support groups.
As a Government department the Youth Service contributes towards the work of 'The Youth Advisory Council', 'The Drugs Advisory Council', 'Child Protection Committee' and also works closely with professionals from these and other NGO’s to promote and protect young peoples’ interests and safety.
An integral part of the Youth Service’s work is to actively foster young peoples’ involvement and empowerment in all matters of the community and particularly in those areas of greatest concern and relevance to them. To this end, the Youth Service plays an integral role on the council chaired by the Minister for Youth, which includes a representative from all sectors of the “Youth Community” including registered youth groups, student representation, ethnic groups and individual members.
The Youth Service maintains a fully trained and inducted workforce, with degree qualified full-time Youth & Community Workers and locally trained part-time Youth Support Workers that undergo and have to successfully complete a locally validated course.