….of creating a virtual space for all our Youth Forums to convene, discuss and interact!
I probably need to explain this a bit more. With the introduction of the Youth Opportunity & Capital Funds we had various discussions with young people and amongst ourselves as to how to distribute the money and really make sure that it was for and by young people. The message was very simply keep it local. We / they created a County Wide Youth Opportunity Forum (YOF) to support groups with a county wide remit (and to act as a bit of a steering group) and 24 Locality Youth Forums (LYFs!) which reflected the 24 localities across the County.
It wasn’t an easy task however it has been fantastic getting the money out to the different areas and has really enabled young people to decide where and how to spend the money they have been allocated and see the end results of their decision making.
Now our challenge is to develop all the forums, expand their remit from being purely a grant giving one to also encompassing democratic issues, having their voices heard and increasing their (LYFs) representation and involvement with the County Wide group. Within this some of the many difficulties and issues we are facing revolve around communication with each other and developing support from colleagues who feel that this isn’t their job.
And hence the idea of maximising social media to do some of this. We are mulling over whether we can use some of the social networking sites or blogs to develop this? Obviously we need to understand the various setups more and also work with the different groups to see if they are interested in this idea but if anyone else has any thoughts, suggestions or ideas then do feel free to contribute!! Or maybe you are already doing something similar? We’d love to hear from you!