THE PROJECT SO FAR!
Over the past few years we have been involved in lots of pieces of work that have come from suggestions made by Children and Young People. Below is some examples of our work. For more information please contact Ellie: Eleanor.firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 - SETTING UP THE PROJECT
The young people who set up the project designed posters about the forum and visited local schools and youth organisations to promote the project and recruit children and young people to it.
The Youth Forum was then established with 40 members from across the AAP area involved.
2015 - GRANT SCHEME
Forum members re-designed the application form and guidance notes for the £40,000 grant scheme.
Members had several discussions regarding how the voting process should take place this year and what it would entail as it needed to be as fair as possible.
They decided that:
2015 - AGENDA DAYS™ IN SCHOOLS
The project was asked to gather as much evidence as possible from children and young people in regards to what issues children and young people face in the area and how they would want more support.
Youth Forum members discussed the possible ways this could be done and the following was decided:
Opportunities were created for individuals and groups to be involved across the area through on-line surveys, sessions in local schools and agenda days in the community.
In total 69 children and young people from across the area took part in two online surveys and 67 took part in the school and community sessions.
2015 - ISSUES RAISED
5 – 10 year olds recommendations:
2016 - NEW ONLINE FORUM
This year the project was successful in applying for funding to develop this website. The website will host a virtual Youth Forum for the area and allow children and young people to find out what is on in the area and get support and advice.
2015 - ORGANISING EVENTS
Members planned and organised events to get forum members and other children and young people living in the area together to find out their views on what the priorities should be for the PB Budget.
All the information gathered was used to set the priorities and members were involved in re-designing the application process for the grant scheme to ensure that children/young people identified and supported the application.
“We want to make sure that the projects that applies for the money involve children and young people in the application and ask them what they would like the money to be spent on and say why they need it and how it will help them!” Forum member.
2015 - VOTING IN SCHOOL
Every child/young person living, working or studying in the East Durham Rural Corridor had the opportunity to vote on how the funding should be allocated.
12 schools took part in the process
1288 children and young people voted!
“I want the projects that I voted for to get the money”
“I think it was a good way to decide how to spend the money”.
Children and young people also had the opportunity to give their views on the Council Budget consultation in relation to where savings should be made, and those 11 years and over also had the opportunity to vote on the AAP priorities for the coming year.
2015 - ISSUES RAISED
11 to 18 year olds recommendations: