Cobham Workshop 2 Carl Burton A vision for empowerment


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Cobham Workshop 2 Carl Burton A vision for empowerment

  1. 1. A Vision for Empowerment Young Peoples Participation Portsmouth ‘ The Waterfront City’
  2. 2. Strategy <ul><li> </li></ul>Model for participation of children and young people in Portsmouth The Youth Parliament     Formulated body of young people to represent all young people made up of elected/nominated representatives of existing Young Peoples Groups/individual services as appropriate All existing formulated forums of young people that meet to offer feedback/comment on service and/or current issues Existing Young Peoples Forums Participation of young people within existing services Relates to Services/agencies/organisations working with children and young people across all sectors Each individual service/organisation to use the Hear By Right Planning Tool to help formulate plans Further involve young people within the decision-making processes of their individual service, Assist the organisation in planning for identified needs, Gaining feedback on services offered and help formulate future funding bids.
  3. 3. Examples of Practice <ul><li>Youth Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Built on the principle of offering two way communication </li></ul><ul><li>Enables issues to be raised by young people </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Gives opportunities to have issues consulted on raised by decision-makers </li></ul><ul><li>Both Representative and Elected allowing independents </li></ul><ul><li>Offers skill development, training and opportunities for young people to improve self-confidence respect for others </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed and authorised by Local Strategic Partnership/ Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Service Providers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Examples of Practice <ul><li>Young Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood Training and Resource Centre SE </li></ul><ul><li>Part of Young Advisors National Pilot March 07- March 08 </li></ul><ul><li>Aim: Break down barriers & stereotypes between generations with </li></ul><ul><li>Young people involved with Community Engagement to </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve local services within the community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with decision-makers, local councillors, service providers and budget holders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: Raise Young People’s Profiles in a positive image </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce barriers between services, residents and young people </li></ul><ul><li>Assist engagement with young people by any interested party/service/body </li></ul><ul><li>14 Young People trained as Advisors; 14-16 from across the City including 2 young people who are designated homeless </li></ul>
  5. 5. Young Advisors Con’t <ul><li>Examples of Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement within local community fun days – Activity Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>PSHE Development within Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Improving local Play Areas in discussion with </li></ul><ul><li>Residents, Local Councillors, Housing Services, Parks </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated debates on Children and Young Peoples involvement in Open Space design </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted Positive Image of Young People </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local Media </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Young People Now </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Created DVD of the work they have done </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Offered Personal Development and Safe Place to Meet </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples of Practice Student Voice & Council of Portsmouth Schools (COPS) 96% Schools Primary/Junior/Secondary/Special/PRU’s (40% in 2003) Aim: To engage young people in having a say in school Improvement and development The majority are voted for from their classes  year councils  Schools council  Secondary School Representatives hold a place and the overarching Council of Portsmouth Schools Currently development of a Primary COPS
  7. 7. Student Voice & Council of Portsmouth Schools (COPS) Con’t <ul><li>Examples of Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution to Beacon Status Bid on Community Consultation & Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Bid for Young Money Funds for a Community based Youth Café run by and for young people </li></ul><ul><li>Identified £20,000 buildings initiative in relation to Glare and Heat Protection System to reduce temperature of classroom in summer and improve heat retention in winter </li></ul><ul><li>80% of School Councils now hold young people as Governors </li></ul><ul><li>Seen now as a cultural change rather than an additional initiative within the schools – schools look to be more inclusive </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of Practice <ul><li>Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Funds </li></ul><ul><li>2006/07 - £225,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Panel of Young People were drawn from across the City following a City Wide Consultation on the funds and type of activities wanted by Young People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>93 Applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>86 grants approved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Range of Activities/Provision Including: Fencing Equipment, Skate Equipment, renovating a Youth Club, Youth Shelter, Kayaks, Speedboat, bus passes and so forth… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17 Young people as grant givers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>367 Young people as project leaders/applicants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All deemed as hard to reach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete Autonomy within the decision-making processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young People designed the Application and judging process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusive Forms, advertised widely Radio, Cinema Magz </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. All of which is underpinned by the fact that Young People are given opportunities for Paid Involvement and opportunities for Volunteering
  10. 10. Any Questions?