The challenge for young people was to develop a mechanism that ensured their views were gathered on a large scale so services and activities could be delivered in the way that they wanted. Young people negotiated with the District Trust and agreed the themes for the consultation.
Through a residential the young people designed questionnaires, planned workshops and a structure for 1:1 interviews. These resources were then used by young people across South Ribble and over 2000 engaged in the consultation. Importantly this included many young people that have been traditionally regarded as 'hard to reach'. This evidence will be presented back to the South Ribble Children's Trust and will provide the basis for determining future priorities.
Apart from the valuable information that has now been collated, there are also a number of other positive outcomes including:
A strong relationship has built between young people and the Trust. This includes young people represented at Trust meetings and regular contact between the Youth Council and the Children's Trust.
Young people have developed a range of skills around planning, communication, presentation and understanding the barriers to participation.
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