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
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
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.
- A 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.
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).
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
Youth Councils Resi!
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
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
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!
Disaffection in Young People
Sam Foulder-Huges recently made a speech to a local Rotary Club meeting about the disaffaction of young people, it is well worth a read. Thank you to Sam for sharing this excellent insight with us.