‘In the House – From The Heart’  Young People in the Lead at The National Lottery

‘In the House – From The Heart’ Young People in the Lead at The National Lottery

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INTERVIEW: with the 'Young People in the Lead' advisory panel at the National Lottery Community Fund.  This group interview is the final one in our Power of Youth series with youth voice champions. Nine members of the Young People in the Lead (YPIL) Advisory Panel at The National Lottery Community Fund talk about their role, experience and recommendations on good practice for youth participation [Slides Below]. Thank you to the supporting team at The National Lottery (TNL) and panel members: Kim (24), Keanna (22), Jemimah (22), Danny (24) , Rachel (18),  Loren (21), Amelia (19) Ruhina (25) and Tiny "in the house" Dotty (Cain 20) interviewed by James (Very Old!) Cathcart. "They have spoken from the heart and are a credit to those they represent" Joe Rich, Head of Youth…
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Power of Youth Charter – Plugged In & Charging

Power of Youth Charter – Plugged In & Charging

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Young Voices Heard has signed up to the Power of Youth Charter :  Five 'we will' commitments to - #prioritise opportunities for, #open up decision-making with , #work collaboratively on, #evidence impact from, and #recognise - the power of youth . The Charter is one of the legacies of the Step Up To Serve #iwill campaign for youth social action, which draws to a close this December 2020.  In particular we have championed the quality of youth participation "in decision-making, leading and shaping both the activities they are involved in and wider organisational decisions". We will go further than holding ourselves to account by those young people we work with but will offer an independent youth scrutiny and support service to others signing up and plugging in to the power…
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The Youth Participation Charter 2006 – Not just heard.

The Youth Participation Charter 2006 – Not just heard.

Blogs, Quality Youth Voice, Young Voices Heard, Youth Social Action
“While consultation is important, participation in its truest sense gives children and young people an active involvement in planning, decision-making and subsequent evaluation” The Participation Charter, 2006 Is it time to revisit and revive this Charter? Has it stood the test of time? 'The Participation Charter 2006' set out a vision of #youthvoice empowered to have say in decision-making. Many of its principles still apply today but is it enough in 2020 and beyond? How can we collaborate with young leaders, listening to, working with and investing in participation and leadership to refreshed a vision and charter? Whilst not the earliest youth voice charter we've come across, this 'Participation Charter' was published by Children Young People Now magazine on 6th June 2006*, in association with the Participation Works Consortium**.  James…
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#YouthVoice in organisations: 10 steps to good practice

#YouthVoice in organisations: 10 steps to good practice

Blogs, Quality Youth Voice, Young Voices Heard
Meaningful Youth Participation Ten top tips for organisations looking to promote youth voice, participation and leadership. As part of our research at Young Voices Heard we have been making space for young people to inform and influence good practice with their advice on planning or improving the way in which organisations embrace youth voice and participation. In this post, James Cathcart pulls these together into a list or series of steps. It's part of a project to contribute to the Power of Youth Series of resources which your can listed on our Resources page. What would you add? What other resources would you recommend? Please send us your suggestions through the link at the end of the article. "Dear Chair/CEO/Head:  Why do you want to listen to young people? How…
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#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Gabrielle Mathews, NHS advisor, # iwill ambassador and Diana Award winner

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Gabrielle Mathews, NHS advisor, # iwill ambassador and Diana Award winner

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Gabrielle Mathews  aged 22, from Coventry, is a long-term champion of #YouthVoice and has just graduated with her first degree (Intercalated Global Health BSc) and is continuing her studies in Medicine at Imperial College London. She is now the youngest member of the NHS Assembly, one of the first Youth Expert Advisors at NHS England and Improvement, having volunteered for the NHS Youth Forum. She is the former chair of the Young Persons’ Advisory Group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and in 2018 was selected as a #iwill ambassador for health at Step-Up-To-Serve. Earlier this year, Gabrielle was appointed to the oversight board at the Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term Centre at The Health Foundation. She has also worked as a young technical advisor to the World Health…
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#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Katrina Lambert (19) #iwill ambassador, trustee at ‘Volunteering Matters’, and member of ‘Youth for Change’

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Katrina Lambert (19) #iwill ambassador, trustee at ‘Volunteering Matters’, and member of ‘Youth for Change’

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Katrina Lambert, 19 years old and originally from Edinburgh, is an activist campaigning on gender equality, human rights and youth voice. She is an #iwill ambassador, a trustee at Volunteering Matters, member of youth-led network Youth For Change and has been recognised by the Prime Minister for her work with a Points of Light award. Katrina has been active in promoting youth voice in Scotland (volunteering with organisations such as Young Scot and ProjectScotland) and is now based in London where she is studying Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics. Continuing our series of interviews with youth voice champions, 'YoungVoicesHeard' heard about her journey and hopes for the future. We also asked what advice she would give to young people starting out and to older people…
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#YouthVoiceNow interview – with Dan Lawes (19) activist, #iwill ambassador and founding CEO of YouthPoliticsUK

#YouthVoiceNow interview – with Dan Lawes (19) activist, #iwill ambassador and founding CEO of YouthPoliticsUK

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Daniel Lawes is a 19 year-old activist from Manchester, currently studying History and International Relations at the London School of Economics. He is an #iwill ambassador, Diana Award recipient, and in 2016, he founded the non-profit organisation YouthPolitics UK with the aim of engaging young people with the democratic process. He was one of the youngest CEOs in the UK at 17. Continuing our series of interviews with youthvoice champions, 'YoungVoicesHeard' heard about his journey and hopes for the future. We also asked what advice he would give to young people starting out and to older people listening. (more…)
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#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Harry Twohig (19) #iwill ambassador, advisor to ‘The Mix’ and member of DCMS Youth Policy Steering Group

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Harry Twohig (19) #iwill ambassador, advisor to ‘The Mix’ and member of DCMS Youth Policy Steering Group

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Harry Twohig is a #youthvoice champion and activist, volunteering as for the #iwill campaign as an ambassador, a member of The Mix Youth Advisory Panel, and trustee of youth music charity NYMAZ. In 2019 he joined the DCMS Youth Policy Steering Group which aims to provide advice on Government policy. Originally from Middlesborough, he is now studying History in lockdown at the end of his first year at University. Continuing YoungVoicesHeard series of interviews we give a platform to Harry to talk about his journey, Covid and hopes for the future of youth participation. (more…)
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Open Letter to PM, ‘Its time to talk to young people about Covid’

Open Letter to PM, ‘Its time to talk to young people about Covid’

Blogs, Young Voices Heard
Youth representatives and leading organisations call on the UK Government to hold youth press conference on Covid19 and allow under-18s to ask questions in the daily briefing, in an Open Letter to the PM*.    Young Voices Heard also calls on the media to give youthvoice more of a platform because when we are all in this together, every voice matters. We, at Young Voices Heard, have joined over 130 young representatives and senior leaders from over 80 organisations, across the youth, education, health, funding and civil society sectors to call on the UK Government to hold a dedicated press conference for young people to answer their questions about the Covid-19 pandemic and to allow under-18s to submit questions to the daily press conference, in an open letter published today,…
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YouthVoice on #Covid-19: Who’s listening?

YouthVoice on #Covid-19: Who’s listening?

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Covid-19: Every voice matters and needs to be heard. The Government’s daily briefings may now be taking questions from the public but anyone under 18 is simply told that “you cannot ask a question in the coronavirus press conference because - you’re not old enough”. I was a bit surprised at the bluntness of this message to children and young people, offering not explanation or alternative. This lack of imagination in providing an opportunity for children and young people to be recognised and heard by the media, decision-makers and the public at large, is alarming. We are ALL in this together and every voice counts. So 'Young Voices Heard' joined over 80 other organisations and 130 of their youth representatives, in signing an open letter* on Thursday 8th May to…
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