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15 February, 2006

Young people get a taste for change

Youth Act!™ supports groups of young people who want to achieve change in their school, youth club or community. Taster days are the prefect opportunity for participants to get a flavour of the way Youth Act! can be run in their local area. Here we report on tasters in Croydon and the Derbyshire Dales.

Youth Act! taster days in Croydon and Derbyshire.
Youth Act! taster sessions in Derbyshire, left, and Croydon

Croydon

Croydon was the perfect place to re-launch the very successful idea of a taster. As in previous years, it was great to have former Youth Act! participants Brandon and Kynie (from the Visionaires group) as well as having Yemi Akinfenwa (supportive adult from the Stonebridge Road Estate group) on hand to discuss their experiences of Youth Act! and to help run various activities.

Croydon Town Hall kindly offered the use of the Mayor’s Parlour and we were joined by 27 attendees from a wide range of organisations: ranging from neighbourhood wardens from the East District of Croydon which covered the New Addington and Fieldway wards to a group of young people linked to New Addington Baptist church as well as young people and adults from a number of youth clubs and local schools.

The motto for the day was learning in a fun environment. The programme combined information sessions on CF, Youth and StreetLaw, a preview of a DVD made about last year’s residential and a question –answer session on how Youth Act! would work practically in Croydon communities.

It was a fun day and we managed to recruit two groups directly from the taster and another group from the feedback from the taster. We will be running two separate groups in Croydon from late February (Tuesdays in New Addington and Thursdays in Waddon). We can’t wait!

High Peak/Derbyshire Dales

Following our successful trip to Kingsdale School, the Youth Act! team (this time consisting of Carrie, Rich and Ade) set off from London to the beautiful town of Buxton. Marika Rajah, the Voluntary Sector Co-ordinator at High Peak Borough Council had worked hard to get nineteen attendees to the taster day held in the Pavillion Gardens in Buxton.

As in Croydon, there was a variety of organisations represented from council youth workers to supported housing workers. Because of the way that Youth Act! was going to work in the area through a Train the Trainers model of training adults to deliver training to Youth Act! groups, we had more adults than young people.

It is great to be outside London and we had a lovely group of participants. The aim of the taster was to get 10 adults who could attend the Train the Trainers course in March 2006 and then run ten Youth Act! groups from the end of April.

We have recruited seven adults (and groups so far) and we’re just waiting to hear back from a couple of more groups! The day was a huge success and the evaluations were extremely positive from all the attendees. We are all really looking forward to going back up ‘north’!

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