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8 February, 2007

Youth Act Train-the-Trainer Taster day in Salford

On Monday 5th February, the Citizenship Foundation

went to Salford to lead a Train-the-Trainer 'Taster day' for adults interested in leading Youth Act groups in their local areas.

Eighteen adults took part including, senior managers

from schools, participation development workers, youth and community workers, representatives from a housing association, New Deal for Communities, the Girl Guiding Movement, the Play Service and the Youth Service, as well as a local Councillor. Some participants are involved in street based outreach work, while others are attached to established youth groups.

Cath Connor, the Children's Champion at Salford City

Council has been working with the Citizenship Foundation to coordinate interest in Salford. Speaking to the group she explained how the Youth Act programme supported

the Young People's Participation Strategy 2007 in Salford, highlighting how the programme engages young people in meaningful decision making in their local communities.

During the day the participants were given an insight into the Youth Act programme, and testaments from past and present projects. Youth Act Project Manager, Carrie Supple spoke about how the programme works in practice, and about the national Network, as well as the resources and the support available. Ade Sofola, our National Youth Act Trainer,led sample activities for the trainers from the new Youth Act manual,designed to teach young people about lobbying and campaigning.

Carrie spoke about the taster day saying "It was

really great to see so many potential Youth Act trainers from a wide variety of backgrounds. We have seen from the London pilot that young people really benefit from the chance to take part in Youth Act, by gaining both

the skills and the confidence to help shape their schools or local communities, in partnership with adults, and it's great to see the programme

expanding."

The day formed part of the national roll out of the

Youth Act programme designed to help young people, working with adults, develop skills of participation and active citizenship to achieve change in their local

communities. The Youth Act Train the Trainer package

equips adults to deliver the programme to groups of young people, with adult supporters, in their local areas.

Many participants from Monday's taster day are going

on to do the full Youth Act Trainers' training on 7th and 8th March. The next taster day will be in Stockton on 22nd February.

For more information about Youth Act, the Taster days or the Train-the-Trainer package, contact Carrie Supple on

0207 566 4153, or at the email address below.

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