Involving Young People in decision making

Closed 31 Aug 2009

Opened 1 Jun 2009

Feedback Updated 13 May 2011

We Asked

Young people how they would like to be more involved in the decisions that affect their lives.

You Said

You want to be more involved in the issues that are important to you and the Young Advisors network was a good idea.

We Did

We have set up the Sutton Young Advisors, so that young people can get involved in decision making.

Results Updated 23 Dec 2010

During the summer of 2009 we spoke to hundreds of young people about how they would like to have more of a say in the decisions that affect their lives. Young people told us some about the kinds of things they are interested in and also that they enjoyed the informal participation exercises. The proposal to introduce a network of Young Advisors was also met with support by the majority of young people we spoke to.

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Overview

We are working with Involve (not for profit particpation experts) and Jigsaw4u (charity who work with young people) over the summer to talk to young people about getting involved in the decisions that affect their lives. There will be a series of events across the borough and in schools where young people will be able to tell us what's important to them and how they would like to have more influence in decision making.

Why We Are Consulting

We already work with lots of young people through lots of different groups and we want to make sure that all young people who want to get involved in what happens in their local area can get involved. This could be through a variety of ways, as set out in the document below and on the Sutton Speaks blog (www.suttonspeaks.co.uk). We want your views on these ideas. We want you to tell us what you think will work in Sutton and we are aiming to link services and ideas together so that it will be easier for you to get involved, at whatever level you are comfortable with. This could be simply by giving your views or perhaps you would like to volunteer or even be a young adviser. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and we want you to tell us your ideas too.

What Happens Next

We will speaking to young people at events during the summer, going to schools, talking to youth groups... and so on. You can also write to us, email us, call us or even pop in for a cup of tea.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Children
  • Students
  • Young People

Interests

  • Children and young people
  • Democracy and participation