A number of groups are in place to allow children and young people to participate in various projects, initiatives and decision making across Lancashire. Here are some of the major groups currently running in Lancashire:
LINX is Lancashire's children in care council and stands for Listen Involve Negotiate Xpress. They are a group of children and young people working hard to give children looked after, and those leaving care, a voice and to influence the way services are run. Barnardo's helps organise LINX, so if you would like more information, please contact their participation worker on 01772 629470 or 07920153460.
POWAR is the special educational needs and disabilities form. They are a group of children and young people with SEND a voice and chance to influence the way services are run. Barnardo's helps organise POWAR, so if you would like more information, contact their participation worker on 01772 629470 or 07920153460.
PULSE is a Lancashire-wide young people's participation group which meets monthly to talk about the health and wellbeing issues that matter to them and other children and young people. The group is made up of young people aged 11-25 and has about 20 core members who meet regularly in their spare time. Their current focus is emotional health and wellbeing. They have also identified 'accessing health information' as a priority and have recently been helping to ensure that the new countywide advocacy service is accessible for children and young people. The members make sure meetings combine fun and work, and often meeting at the county council's outdoor education centres so they can let off steam after a morning's business. For more information please contact The Children's Society on 01772 759233 or e-mail Sarah.Wells@childrenssociety.org.uk or Melissa.Emmerson@childrenssociety.org.uk
The Crew is a Lancashire-wide group for young people and parents and carers (whose family use the service) who have previously used the acute inpatient mental health service (CAMHS tier 4). The group works in close partnership with management and commissioners in respect of service development and improvements. For more information contact The Junction in Lancaster on 01524 550386.
Youth Councils are an elected and representative group of young people (mainly aged 13-19) with local, countywide and national representatives. Visit the following website to find out more: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone/things-to-do/groups/youth-council.aspx and visit and like their page on Facebook to keep up to date with Lancashire Youth Council: https://www.facebook.com/LancashireYouthCouncil
The Young Advisors are young people aged between 15 and 21 who show community leaders and decision makers how to engage young people in community life, regeneration and renewal. Young Advisors are trained and employed consultants who guide local authorities, housing associations and other local partners about what it is like for a young person to live, work, learn and play in their neighbourhood. For more information contact Mari Ryan at Lancaster Young Advisors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Carers groups are found in each locality, with a countywide Young Carers Forum. A young carer is someone who is significantly affected by caring for someone with a physical disability, mental health problem and/or drug and alcohol problem. To find out more, contact the Young Carers Service on 01254 504930.