SAYS Stockport Action Youth Speakers

SAYS

Stockport Action Youth Speakers

Email: info@StockportSAYS.co.uk

Contact Number: 07585 822818

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Young people’s participation is important and has benefits for the young people themselves, the forum and the community as a whole. It is the role of our Young Peoples Participation workers to encourage and raise awareness of young people’s participation in Stockport.

 

Young people become more confident and enthusiastic when they see that their views are being taken seriously and acted upon. They feel increased ownership of and responsibility for their forum.  Their self-esteem improves, they gain skills, and they become more likely to actively participate in other areas of their lives (for example their local community, school, college, politics).

 

If young people are involved in planning and decision-making, the forum activities are more likely to be relevant and enjoyable for young people.  This means young people are more likely to attend.

 

The following guidelines identify good practice in young people’s participation.

 

Treat all young people and adults with respect

When it works it look like this:

SAYS membership reflects the make-up of the local community

Language used at SAYS shows respect for all members of the community

Young people and workers agree on the rules for forum

Young people can get a second chance if they break the rules

Young people and workers feel that they are treated with respect

 

Accept young people’s ideas

When it works it look like this:

Workers listen to young people’s suggestions and change session plans.

Workers incorporate young people’s ideas.

Young people put their own ideas into practice with the support of workers.

Young people are enthusiastic because they can use their imagination.

 

Support young people

When it works it look like this:

Young people and workers talk about the of the forum.

Workers support young people as they put their plans into practice, but don’t take over.

Young people see what they have learned even if the outcome wasn’t perfect.

Young people begin to recognise their own strengths and weaknesses.

Young people develop a more confident attitude towards new challenges.

 

Use everyday situations

When it works it look like this:

Ask individual young people their opinions about decisions at forum

Encourage everyone to contribute and listen carefully.

Keep a record of views and suggestions for follow up.

 

Try out activities

When it works it look like this:

Young people can inspire each other

Young people using a plan, do, review process learn from their experiences.

 

Give young people a voice

When it works it look like this:

Young people influence both the forum and the organisation of the group.

Young people are involved in the recruitment and selection of workers.

Young people are members of the steering group.

Young people help to write newsletters and annual reports.

 

Plan both short and long term participation

When it works it look like this:

Some young people are involved in decisions at one-off events.

Other young people are involved in leadership roles on an on-going basis.

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