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people attended South Central YAG evaluation meeting, the following units
attended the meeting:
Youth & Community Centre.
A total of 16 young people attended the evaluation
females 7 males
Ethnic backgrounds: Black British/ white / British/
Black African / Caribbean
young people were in the age range of 14 – 18 Year olds, Two Councillors also
attended the meeting these were; Councillor Alan Dean (Labour party) and
Councillor Rosie Jolly (Liberal Democratic Party). Youthworkers attended with
Agenda South Central YAG Evaluation meeting.
Ice Breaker (Shoot
What South central
YAG has achieved within the last six months.
learning have you gained from the last six months?
Exploring your area and your understanding of politics.
What the meeting was about
Aim of the South Central meeting was for young people to identify what they had
achieved over the previous six months within the YAG.
work as a group
identify their skills and learning
explore the area and explore understanding of politics. It was also an
opportunity to celebrate National Youth Work Week
meeting began by all sitting in a circle and going around introducing ourselves
saying our name and what unit each young person/ staff was from.
worker introduced the ice breaker which was Shoot the sheriff; this made all
young people feel relaxed and comfortable before starting the meeting.
What has the
South Central YAG achieved over the previous six months and what learning and
skills have you gained from this?
are the things that the young people identified as achievements this year for
South Central YAG:
residential –City Wide Question time
with councillors over YOF Money.
Central Question time.
History Treasure hunt.
services -Young person of the year award.
Outdoor pursuit confidence building
roof (£15,000 raised so far.)
Central fashion show 2009 - 2010-
for girls room.
YAG and now doing Voluntary work.
and coordinated Question time.
relationships with other young people.
level 3 youth work course.
Skills and learning gained by the young people:
of funding bids.
making and people skills.
organising and co-ordinating.
and communicating with other young people and staff.
as a team.
How to do
outdoor activities e.g. water rafting.
got a voice.
skills and meeting new people.
position in society.
your area and exploring politics.
The aim of this activity was for young people, youth
workers and local politicians to have a say about how they feel in and about
their area and for them to have a say about their understanding of politics.
This debate encouraged the participants to either agree or disagree on the given
statement. If they were unsure they could stay in the middle of the room. Once
participants decided what their opinion was the facilitator questioned the group
on why they chose this answer. This made way for some deep and meaningful
discussions especially when Politicians were given the role of a young person at
risk and asked to now view the question as that young person.
The questions that were asked were:
Do you think
that there are enough spaces, facilities/ things to do in your local area for
The majority of the young people disagreed with this
question. Some of the young people said that there is nothing in Aigburth. Young
people thought St Michaels was too far away from Aigburth Vale for them to use
In general do you feel safe in your area?
Two people expressed the view that they did not feel
safe at the moment as there were young children throwing fireworks around,
people shooting at each other and houses getting petrol bombed.
The rest of the group agreed.
that being part of a community made them feel safe
Do you think
that we should have section 30’?
The majority of the young people/ staff and councillors
all disagreed with this question. Adopting the role as a young person with a
disability one councillor said he would feel safer if he was a wheel chair user
if there was a section 30. In the role as a young person with mental health
concerns a councillor said she may not know what a section 30 is.
Young people said that people make assumptions when
they are in a group that they are going to cause trouble. And that they feel
less safe when they are split up.
Do you think that young people have any way of influencing politics?
6 young people, staff and councillors all agreed on
this question. 5 of the young
people stayed in the middle and the rest of the group disagreed with this
One young woman said, there is a way that young people
can but they don’t know how, young peoples issues are never on the agendas of
council meetings, and it is never the main priority e.g. cuts from the youth
At the end
of the session one young woman gave a brief presentation to the group from the
cultural ambassador group. She wishes to start a campaign for culture to be on
the school curriculum and not just part of Personal Health and Social Education.
The YAG agreed a further debate on this issue would be useful. This will be
planned for December 2010
Use one word to describe tonight’s session: Don’t
repeat a word someone else has used
Central Question Time
Central Youth Advisory group are a group of young people from across the area
who come together every 6 weeks to identify issues that affect young people
in their area and participate and organize events and meetings to help
make the area a better place for young people to live in.
a consultation in April 2010 the South Central YAG had decided that they wanted
to hold their own area question time. This would involve a panel of councilors,
police, housing, Merseytravel and professionals from other organizations. The
aim of the event was for young people to sit with the panel and for the young
people to feel empowered, for all young people to have a voice and for them to
have their chance of asking the panel questions.
In order for
the Question Time to take place the young people had regular YAG meetings, and
within the meetings the young people discussed who they wanted on the panel, the
venue, the lay out of the night and the publicity. The young people achieved
this within the YAG meeting with the support of the workers.
people wanted two panels and two rooms in which each panel would be allocated.
This would give each young people a chance to ask the panel a question and for
the panel to answer.
the night of the event young people decided that when young people came they
were to sign in, be welcome to a drink and to socializing with other young
people. Each unit got split into groups and each group would be allocated to a
room. Each room had a panel of six
professionals. Each room would have 30 minutes in order for young people to ask
the panel questions, in which after the 30 minutes was up the panel would swap.
Each room had a chairperson which was a young person from the YAG. All young
people had a chance to ask the panel a question which was related to their area
or their centre.
At the end of
the Question Time meeting there was food and refreshments available and young
people, youth workers and members of the panel were able to come together
informally and chat.
went really well. Young people were satisfied as they got to ask the panel
questions and that questions were answered.
people from the YAG were really proud of the event as all their hard work of
organizing the event had paid off.
young people attended this event.
from Adopt Detached, Open Circle Detached, Morphine Dance School, Toxteth Sports
Centre, St Michaels Youth Club, Methodist Youth Club, Unity Youth Club, Penny
Lane Connect, South Central Youth Support Project, Harthill Youth Club, Harthill
Splice project, Plus Dane Youth Forum, and Picton Detached film group.
backgrounds identified: Czech / Black British / Black Caribbean, Black African,
White British, Black Somali, Bangladeshi, Afro – Caribbean, and other
109 young people received a recorded outcome for participation
gender breakdown was 50
females 59 males
Panel and interlay
point of this event was for young people to get answers from the questions they
had .This was successful, but only because the YAG had worked as a group and
discussed the questions that they thought other young people may have, and then
invited the panel who they thought would be able to answer these questions
Alan Dean - Chief Whip of Labour Group, Princes Park ward- Mersey Travel.
Morrison – Liberal Democrat, Church ward – Chair of South Central Youth Sub
- Mersey Travel.
Morrison- Liverpool Youth and Play Service/ Principal Youth Officer.
Maxwell- Neighbourhood Service Manager / South Central district
Millward- Youth Offending Service
Primary Care Trust -Manager.
- Mersey Travel.
Tomlinson - Plus Dane Housing.
- Merseyside Police.
Jamal – Al
Shabazz – Merseyside Police
In order for
everything that the young people wished to happen on the night there was an
SOUTH CENTRAL - YAG QUESTION
The Aquatic Centre Wavertree
Arrivals and registration
till 7.15pm- Question time (room 1& 2)
Till 8pm- Question time (Panel change room)
till 8.15pm - Evaluation, view evidence of work with young people.
Till 9pm - Food and refreshments.
On the night
of the event one young person in each room made notes of the questions young
people put forward and the answers the panel gave back.
These are the
questions that were put forward to the panel and the answers that were given.
Why do Buses go past young people?
“This shouldn’t happen; it may be that the buses are full but you are able
to report this.”
do all the prices on buses go up despite environmental concerns?
“Because of the fuel prices and the graffiti. There is a young citizen’s
project. Why not bring it up with the government themselves. Young people’s
fares are half.”
Why are there no
“There are, there is funding for climbing activities.”
Why is it from 16 you are
considered as an adult on the bus?
“At 16 you should be charged at student 16 not adult.”
Why are there section
“Because numerous complaints from the residents, also because of anti social
behaviour. It is advertised on the Merseyside police website and leaflets are
handed out. The idea is not just moving the problem on young people can go to
Why have they started
charging in the gym?
“Labour councilors scrapped the free gym membership; Lib-Dems are campaigning
for it to be free again.
“Agrees they should be free because of concerns around obesity.
do Childs day riders run out at 8pm?
“Get a save away.”
“The Government was elected four months ago. Things are getting cut but he
doesn’t think they are telling people the right things and scaring the public.
There should be more communication, so he doesn’t know.”
is not everyone entitled to EMA?
“Going to take details and get answers.”
What is the government
doing for young business?
“Vince Cable is making a speech on Wednesday.”
Paying for the GYM?
“The government cut it but they are trying to bring it back, it was the
government and the local Council will bring it back when funds are found.”
Why was the tram scheme
“Scrapped to fund the Olympics. Labour denied it.
What is going to be done
“Councilors changed the scheme, councilors trying to get it right with the
companies working for the council.”
“Will look into it.”
With the cuts how will it
affect teenage crime?
Millward “People will be hanging around the streets more because there is
nothing to do.”
Why do bad kids get
Morrison “We try to make it fair, Youth Opportunity Fund; you could apply to
lots of funds which are decided by other young people.”
“These kids may not have other opportunities.”
Why is the public
transport price high?
“ Merseytravel does not run transport, Business want to make money, privately
owned. Young people have a say in Youth Parliament.”
What plans are there to
refurbish the area to make it better?
area has priorities, Lodge lane, Granby etc. The housing associations will work
with residents themselves to see what they want, maybe demolished and new or
improved upgraded housing.
“State of houses, starting again, too bad to bring back all the houses.”
“80% of houses to be refurbished. Tenants do not want what the councilors
planned, talking about new builds and demolishing terraces in Granby.”
the cuts how are we going to be funded and how is this going to affect us?
Millward “Trying not to cut frontline services.”
“No one knows what’s going to be cut.”
What can you do for our
Morrison “Not just activities concerned about, not enough resources,
willingness but no money. Looked at funding but none realized.”
Can’t you get enough
“There are cuts in money and fighting to keep youth clubs open.”
wants to catch illegal immigrants working then fine them?
“Valued point, find out more how to fix problem, don’t know Parliament
Participation/ Learning outcomes
Young people from
across the area came together and shared their views learning about each other
Before the event
young people from across the area engaged
in dialogue with youth work staff to identify issues that they would discuss at
Young people from
YAG learnt about planning an event that gave them transferable skills in
planning and organization, listening and
communication, customer service and IT skills
Young people from
YAG learnt about publicity and marketing skills
Young people with
disabilities participated rather than being segregated
Fresh box TV taught 11 young people how to use video equipment to evidence
2 young people
learnt how to chair an event and the role and responsibilities that go with this
2 young people
learnt reception skills and the importance of monitoring information
2 young people
scribed the event and learnt the importance of capturing the information/
Key objectives achieved
did you think of the event?
Young people get to
have their say.
Voiced our opinion.
Learned more about
Information on local
North Way Park
Felt that we had
Having a voice.
Getting to ask
questions that we want to ask.
question as best as they could.
Not enough time.
Felt like some of
the panel was hiding behind other members when answering questions.
No respect from some
General overview on
panel before hand.
More active session
not just sitting.
Longer time periods.
Youth worker have a
say on be half of young people.
questions pre prepared.
Detached youth work is a distinct form of work with young people. As with all
youth work it uses the principles and practices of informal education to engage
young people in constructive dialogue, within a broad agenda of personal and
social development. The work is underpinned by mutual trust and respect and
responds to the needs of young people. The basis of the relationship between the
worker and the young person is mutual acceptance and parity. Traditional notions
of adult power and authority are bought into sharp focus.
'The role of a detached youth worker'
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