ESCV Youth Voice and Participation - March 2022
East Sussex Community Voice delivers a variety of initiatives and projects which champion the voices of young people and strengthen youth leadership.
We create spaces for young people to contribute to their communities and shape local services. We work across a variety of youth issues and debates, including mental health, physical health, education, inclusion and wider youth policy.
Our 2021-2022 Youth Voice and Participation portfolio includes:
- The Youth Inspect & Advise Group: Youth-led recommendations using lived experiences of mental health and wellbeing to develop a whole-school approach in colleges
- Young Healthwatch East Sussex: Championing the voices of young patients to create youth-centred local health services
- Self-Harm Needs Assessment: Youth Engagement and Outreach exercises to capture the perspectives and experiences of young people in relation to self-harm, health and wellbeing, in coproduction with young volunteers
We have recruited, supported and empowered 23 young volunteers, with multiple volunteers working across multiple projects. Young people have dedicated time and commitment to creating high-energy youth voice activities, clocking up 707 volunteer hours between them!
Project Activities and Outcomes
Our Inspect & Advise project created a youth wellbeing hub on our website and targeted guidance for three school wellbeing partners, using local knowledge and youth insight to shape school/service policy and practice. The project coproduced a variety of materials to guide professionals to better support young people’s mental health and wellbeing in educational settings. You can find out more about the project here: https://www.escv.org.uk/IAG/abouttheiag
Young Healthwatch East Sussex has run deliberative engagement which captures recommendations for NHS and local authority leaders on increasing COVID-19 vaccination uptake among young people. You can find out more here: https://healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/young-healthwatch/vaccines-covid-19-and-pandemic-anxiety/
Our young volunteers have also supported wider community liaison and reviewed current mental health (particularly CAMHs) literature online, checking for youth-friendly language and accessibility.
Our Self-Harm project has provided local young people with a space to speak up and share their perspectives on providing effective prevention and early intervention for youth self-harm. Recommendations and insight will follow.
Young volunteers have been supported to develop skill and confidence in facilitation, leadership, communications and engagement. We are proud to have supported young volunteers to gain paid employment in the community and go on to do great things.
Read Our Impact Report
Our 2021-2022 Youth Voice and Participation Impact report
provides local professionals and decision-makers across children’s services, education health, voluntary sector and the youth sector, with more highlights and details about our different workstreams, and their impacts on young people, local services and our organisation.
This includes: case studies from young volunteers, findings from a youth volunteer satisfaction survey, evidence and insight from project work and our plans for the future.
With 100% of ESCV young volunteers saying that they are ‘proud to be part of team ESCV’, we are inspired, fueled, and sustained by the power of youth voice, and we will continue to work to embed youth voice and participation across current and future projects and services.
To volunteer with us, hear more about a workstream, or discuss a potential project or partnership, please contact:
, Participation Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Business Development Lead, email@example.com