Engaging Children and Young People
Groups in Preston provide opportunities for children and young people to get involved and influence decision making...
Learner Voice Forum:
The aim of the Learner Voice Forum is to provide young people aged 16-19 years with the opportunity to influence the direction of travel of Preston College in relation to strategic and operational planning. They have been consulted by questionnaires and participated in services user groups and workshops. The Forum has involved 150 young people who have participated in service design; commissioning; delivery and evaluation; publicity design and training; and recrutiment and selection.
The young people involved feel able to express their views and feel that their contributions are valued and acted upon.
The College have a 'you said, we did' communication which feeds back to young people about the things they requested and the actions taken to address them.
Young people aged 7-11 years have been given the opportunity to influence the operation of a saturday morning sports club, which they attend at Fulwood Leisure Centre, Preston. The 20 young people in the club have been consulted by questionnaires and participated in service user activities; publicity design; and service design and evaluation, whilst helping to involve other young people in the consultations.
The process of participation has given all the young people who attend the club an equal voice to say what they enjoy and what can change during club sessions.
As a result of this participation, there have been changes in how the club operates, more young people are participating in the blu and the club is receiving more positive feedback from its members, and targets are being met. The young people are more enthused and looking forward to attending sessions, they have made new and more friends whilst becoming healthier and fitter.
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