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19/11/2014
Norton Fitzwarren

I recently visited the lovely youth club in Norton Fitzwarren.  The club is run by a steering group of volunteers who are keen for the club to grow, the club has had a refurbishment just before the summer so is looking great.  Norton Fitzwarren Youth Club plan to do a b ig re-launch in the New Year - watch this space for the date when it's announced!

Zara Scott-Davies
Youth & Community Officer 

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19/11/2014
Ilchester Bus Shelter

Young peopler from the Ilchester Youth Club have produced some panels to decorate a local bus shelter.  The Parish Council will be installing the panels in the near future soon so they will be brightening up the community very soon!

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18/11/2014
Ilchester

Ilchester Youth Council are running their annual Christmas light competition.  The youth council have two different categories - one for businesses and one for households.  The event will run until Tuesday 16th December when the judging will take place, I'm very pleased to have been invited to be one of the judges.  

The trophies will be awarded on Friday 19th December at the Christmas carols and mince pie evening.  All the money raised will go to charity.

Zara Scott-Davies
Youth & Community Officer 

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13/11/2014
Archies Extra in Somerton

I had a lovely time last week with the new volunteers for Archie's Extra in Somerton. Such was the level of their interest that we didn't quite finish our training last Friday afternoon, but all agreed to come back at 8.00 am on Saturday morning - and everyone came! A really great group of adults showing their support for young people in their community by giving up their time. I'm hoping to be asked back to train some more volunteers!

Kirstie Brown
Youth & Community Officer 

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13/11/2014
Amazing Cat King and her Healthy Realtionships Resource Book

Cat King, Member of the Youth Parliament for South Somerset, has been working with Fixers to produce a resource and short film aimed at enabling young people to have better realtionships. Her film can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfbukTqkPoQ . The resource book has lots of ideas for working with young people in a school or youth club setting and contains all you need to do an interesting and effective session. We're hoping to include it on the 'session plan' part of the website. Until then, I have a few hard copies to give away. If you want one (it's brilliant), give me a ring!

Kirstie Brown - 01823 349853.

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15/09/2014
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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03/09/2014
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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28/05/2014
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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02/05/2014
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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14/03/2014
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). 

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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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