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UK Youth Parliament

Sam Foulder-Hughes has been a member of thr Somerset UK Youth Parliament Advisory Group for over four years and has been the Member of Youth Parliament for the South Somerset Area for some of this time.  Sam's list of acheivements during his time with UKYP is substantial and the group are very sad that the time has come for Sam to leave as he moves on to university.  

Sam has written a fantastic article about his time with the group, click here to read it.

if you would like to know more about the work of the UK Youth Parliament in Somerset or how you can get involved, vist their web pages here Elections will be taking place in December so now is a great time to get involved! 

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UK Youth Parliament

Cat King, MYP for South Somerset, recently wrote an article for her college magazine.  The article provides a really good insight into the work of the UK Yourh Parliament group.  If you would like to know more about the work of the UK Youth Parliament in Somerset, visit their web pages by clicking here.


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Our new arrival...

We're all very excited about our new arrival! Daniel Mottram, our new business admin apprentice, started with us on Wednesday last week. Daniel will be helping Angela with all things organisational. He's got a very positive attitude (despite being buried in information) and is a great new addition to the team. Phew. 

Kirstie Brown 

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Visiting Clubs

I've been really pleased to get out and about across the county to visit lots of community youth clubs recently.  I saw some amazing examples of high quality community projects in Somerset, for example Ansford Youth Club who link in with the local school, churches and businesses and have a close relationship with the Town Council.  This kind of community engagement helps young people and the wider community to get to know each other and build strong relationships which benefit everyone.  

One thing that I have noticed as I travel our county is that outside the few large towns, everywhere is very rural.  This makes my journeys beautifully scenic (which I am grateful for!) but it presents significant challenges for young people and those who work with them.  This is a factor which we are aware of and aim to support communities with wherever we can. 

I'm looking forward to meeting lots more communities in the coming months.

Zara Scott-Davies - Youth & Community Officer

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Website developments

The Somerset Youth & Community Service is keen to make as many useful resources availble to community youth projects across the county.  This forms part of our aim to support communities to provide good quality youth provision for thier young people.  

A number of new developments are now live on this website - they include: 

  • Youth Club Young Volunteers which is aimed at older young people who are ready to move into a leadership role with the club and take on more responsibilities.  It offers a series of workshops which can be used together as a structured programme or individual elements can be selected and delivered as needed to suit each group.
  • Youth Councils Workshops - all the workshop plans and handouts etc. from the weekend residential which we ran in March with Youth Councils from across the county are now available to download.
  • Benchmark Scheme has been launched.  This recognises the importance of youth provision being a good place for young people to go.  The scheme covers the safety, sustainability and 'young people friendliness' of the club.  The award is free and is valid for three years once it has been achieved.


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Youth councils resi

Today, we are off on an adventure of a lifetime!!!

Ok, maybe not a lifetime, but definitely this month! After checking eveything six million times, we'll be loading up the cars with tonnes of resources and heading down to Osmington Bay PGL Adventure Centre for a weekend of fun, sun (!) and hard work with young people from 16 youth councils across Somerset.

There will be two activity sessions, four workshops, a disco, speed meeting and lots of action planning. The staff team are lovely and will be working even harder than the young people (if that's possible). 

Angela ZaraJeffKirstie Kate BenSteveCorrie

I'll be posting a review after the resi - so keep an eye on the youth councils pages.

Kirstie Brown
Senior Youth and Community Worker

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Youth Councils Resi!

The Somerset Youth Councils Training Residential is moving on apace - the date set (14-16th March), the venue booked (Osmington Bay PGL Adventure Centre near Weymouth) and the invites sent out. Even though the deadline for booking isn't until 12 February, we already have some places taken! We're hoping to have about 75 young people and their adult community volunteers - meaning about 100 people to organise for a whole weekend. It should be great fun, but the groups will work hard too, doing a range of workshops. More on this in the weeks to come.

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I went to the Somerset in Care Council (SiCC) and Somerset Leaving Care Council (SLCC) Steering group on Tuesday. The groups are really getting going, with training residentials, visits to forums, DVD production, posters, cards, meetings with the Corporate Parents Group and organising the Annual Achievement Awards. Phew! For more information, Contact Catherine Newberry (very helpful person - 07585 983356) who can tell you lots of things, including how any interested young person in or leaving care can get involved with the group.

Kirstie Brown - Senior Youth & Community Worker 

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SCT Newsletter

I've just seen the Somerset Children's Trust first newsletter - it keeps members updated on what other relevant issues between meetings and this first ever issue features the UK Youth Parliament!! UKYP has long been a consultation group for the Children's Trust and its good to see their contribution being valued and promoted. Hurrah SCT!!!

Kirstie Browm - Senior Youth & Community Worker

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Smoke Free Somerset

Smokefree Somerset Alliance are promoting grants of up to £2000 for young people to produce resources to encourage young people to stop (or not start) smoking

Click here for more information

What's extra good about this is the grant givers are also young people - the UK Youth Parliament (who already make grant decisions on Youth and Community Group Grants, Youth Bank and have been involved in commissioning) are adding this to their work programme. Well done them and well done the Smokefree Somerset Alliance!

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