Leicester Workshop 2 Dave Phillips

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A presentation given at one of the National Youth Agency's regional events on the Governments new ten year youth strategy, "Aiming High for Young People".

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Leicester Workshop 2 Dave Phillips

  1. 1. Aiming High for Young People: A Ten Year Strategy for Positive Activities Action on young people’s participation and volunteering Workshop 2 A Vision for Empowerment – Young People’s Participation
  2. 2. The context <ul><li>Recognition of the importance of young people’s participation in decision making processes that affect them – following Every Child Matters: Change for Children and Youth Matters: Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Increased participation in funding decisions following Youth Opportunity Fund and Youth Capital Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Young people’s participation recognised as core function – need for it to be “built in, not bolted on” </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing recognition of the value of volunteering to healthy communities and to individual young people </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vision for Empowerment in AHYP <ul><li>Society will have a more positive view of young people </li></ul><ul><li>Services for young people will be sensitive and responsive to their needs, specifically supporting the most marginalised and disaffected </li></ul><ul><li>Young people will have increasing control over local spending on positive activities and more support to take on local leadership roles </li></ul><ul><li>Young people themselves will make use of effective mechanisms for holding local providers and commissioners to account for prioritising youth provision </li></ul>
  4. 4. Participation in AHYP <ul><li>Empowerment: direct influence and control of design, commissioning and delivery - incl. 5% budget for youth services 2010/2011 and 25% spending on youth activities and facilities by 2018 </li></ul><ul><li>Access: inclusive services that are accessible practically and strategically </li></ul><ul><li>Quality: need for capacity building to train young people and adults </li></ul><ul><li>A meaningful dialogue with young people </li></ul>
  5. 5. Volunteering in AHYP <ul><li>Frequent references to volunteering - raising young people’s aspirations and cited as one of the activities that can improve outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of resilience + social and emotional skills – all advanced by volunteering… </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in governance, activism and helping develop public policy all count as volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Access to a full range of volunteering opportunities will be critical </li></ul>
  6. 6. Key issues concerning volunteering <ul><li>Range and Vision – activities, skills, accreditation and use of language </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities and Outcomes – part of the local offer </li></ul><ul><li>Resources, Planning and Delivery - reconciling local versus national priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Investing in volunteering – securing the place of volunteering within new priorities for investment </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce and infrastructure issues – youth workers, citizenship teachers, third sector roles, mentoring etc </li></ul>

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