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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".

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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  • 1. Workshop 2: A Vision For Empowerment – Young People’s Participation David McWilliams: Head of Youth Services Nottingham City Council
  • 2. Aim: Stimulate discussion and thinking … • Explore how services will rise to the challenges set out in Aiming High for Young People • Look at potential empowerment opportunities within Integrated Services to support participation. through; Governance, Volunteering, Decision Making, Inspections, Empowering Young People Pilots, Grant giving, commissioning and Citizenship
  • 3. Making the links… The Ten Year Strategy provides the framework for progressing the 4 key challenges identified within Youth Matters, July 2005. • Empowering Young People: Things to do and places to go • Young People as Citizens: Making a contribution • Supporting Choices: Information, advice and guidance (IAG) • All Young People Achieving: Reforming targeted support
  • 4. Youth Matters - Next Steps, March 2006. The ‘vision’ for how the four challenges would be met through a range of innovative projects, initiatives and reforms including; • Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) and Youth Capital Fund (YCF) • Volunteering: A new charity “V” • Targeted Youth Support: (Targeted Youth Support – A Guide, published March 2007) • Connexions Transition • Reforming financial support for 16-19-year olds • Things to do and places to go: a new legislative duty placed upon local authorities to secure young people’s access to sufficient positive activities and to provide information on the ‘local offer’ to young people • Positive Activities for Young People: providing diversionary and developmental activities for young people at risk of social exclusion during the school holidays.
  • 5. Key Extracts from Aiming High for Young People or what the government believes When young people have the opportunity to influence services they are more likely to find them attractive and to access and benefit from them. More marginalised young people can find formal processes unappealing and will need additional support to influence provision. Communities can also play a powerful role in improving and raising the priority of youth support services in their area
  • 6. “Support young people to take their place as valued members of society” Establish a number of pilots to explore how young people can design and organise of events to celebrate their transition to adulthood Explore the potential of a ‘Youth Week’, in celebration of young people’s achievements.
  • 7. “Increase participation by putting more resources and responsibility in young people’s hands” Extend the Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Funds until at least 2011, with additional resources for projects in the most disadvantaged communities Encourage Local Authorities to build on the success of the Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Funds by giving young people greater influence over resources – 25% of spending on youth activities and facilities by 2018 Invest in supporting young people to set up sustainable projects delivering positive activities to other disadvantaged young people Invest in a National Institute of Youth Leadership to support young people’s ability to bring about change more widely.
  • 8. “Empower more marginalised young people to have influence” Expect all Local Authorities to adopt good practice in engaging young people Invest over the next three years to see more young people from deprived neighbourhoods trained and supported to champion the views and needs of young people.
  • 9. “Empower communities to improve services for young people” Expect ward councillors to be responsive to young people’s needs Expect Local Authorities to ensure that young people, parents and communities know how to mobilise and use the Community Call for Action to improve youth services Encourage Local Authorities to bring young people and adults together to address common issues
  • 10. The challenges are… • Young people to design and organise events to celebrate their transition to adulthood • Giving young people greater influence over resources – 25% of spending on youth activities and facilities by 2018 • Supporting young people to set up sustainable projects delivering positive activities to other disadvantaged young people • Local Authorities to adopt good practice in engaging young people • Young people from deprived neighbourhoods trained and supported to champion the views and needs of young people. • Ward councillors to be responsive to young people’s needs • Use Community Call for Action to improve youth services • Bring young people and adults together to address common issues
  • 11. The empowerment opportunities are… • Young people to design and organise events to celebrate their transition to adulthood • Giving young people greater influence over resources – 25% of spending on youth activities and facilities by 2018 • Supporting young people to set up sustainable projects delivering positive activities to other disadvantaged young people • Local Authorities to adopt good practice in engaging young people • Young people from deprived neighbourhoods trained and supported to champion the views and needs of young people. • Ward councillors to be responsive to young people’s needs • Use Community Call for Action to improve youth services • Bring young people and adults together to address common issues
  • 12. Nottingham National Award Winning Youth Bank • £413,051.30 of YOF & YCF distributed • 14 yp (7 white,10 female) • 42 Recorded Outcomes & 28 Accredited Outcomes in first 5 Months Youth Council • 56 elected Youth Councillors (BME, LGBT, Looked After) • Over 11,000 yp voted Participation Strategy Empowering Young People Pilot V submission at Stage Two (building on MV) Neighbourhood Voice Events
  • 13. Community Call For Action The Police and Justice Act (2006) establishes a 'Community call for action‘ Mechanism in relation to community safety. Several other central government departments are also exploring proposals. A councillor may become aware of an issue causing concern to the community. In this situation the councillor should be able to trigger a response from service providers. Service providers must consider the matter raised. They must state what action they will take or explain their decision not to act.