Having Economic Wellbeing

Youth Summit Live: Summary

The Youth Summit has been a great success for all those who attended, bringing together practitioners, policy makers and young people to discuss the key issues affecting the implementation of the Government’s ten-year strategy for children and young people. A wealth of ideas, debate and dialogue were generated, the most relevant of which have been captured as video interviews, podcasts, powerpoints and transcripts downloadable from this website. We will ensure it informs our work as we move forward and hope you find it valuable as well.
Added by tim at 06/28/2007 - 11:26

My view on Gangs....

After going to the session on gangs yesturday I just can't help but think... we are always going to have gang culture... I personally blame the media for letting gang culture get out of hand. Gangs are all about "status" Iif one gang hears about another being more violent or whatever they will compete... Its in human nature to. This just makes other gangs copy and maybe even make the crime worse. If the culture was not published so muhc maybe gang violence would calm down abit? I'm not sure...
Added by Hormonal Haircuts at 06/27/2007 - 10:25

Anthony's tests for good housing for young people

At one of the last sessions of the Youth Summit, young people questioned experts on housing and homelessness, mental health anf youth employment. Cerri and Therryi from Lewisham asked powerful questions about stress, support, accessible housing and jobs for young people. Therryi asked Anthony Lawton, Chief Executive of Centerpoint about comfortable accommodation. Anthony's three tests should be taken up nationaly: Would this housing or accommodation be good enough for my child? Is this place as comfortable as I would want for my child? Is it good value for money?
Added by billb at 06/26/2007 - 14:27

Day 2 notes Economic Wellbeing Workshop - priorities for action

What are the key priorities for action?:

Informal into formal education.
Barriers between young people and adult.
Media representation.

Policy (national and local):

A national set of enforceable standards re. service entitlement including transport and advice services.
Local authority to have youth transport fund.
Engage with Transport Bill.
Where does economic wellbeing fit into a needs led system?
Media to be approached locally – more chance to influence.
Language of media.
Youth Board – fed by young people.
Information for community and school workers


Better aligning of young people’s needs/wants with further education and the policy of local skills council and schools.
Minibus licenses and training of youth workers in order to pickup young people.
Sharing minibuses by several youth clubs.
Differentiate buses for young people (e.g. the Welly Bus in Wellingborough).
Need for informal legislation into formal.
Events for all ages.
Use of local buildings for young and old.
Showcasing positive images and skills.
Bringing in business/employers to raise aspirations.


£1 a day service (e.g. Corby)
Discount scheme (Northants) proposed but didn’t work as although they liked the plan it was too expensive. Adrian Bell / countywide youth forum – www.northantscwyf.co.uk .
Youth Board
Investment to offer opportunities for young people to access information.
Local costs for campaigning.
Make opportunities a reality – huge cost to enable choice and raising aspirations.


Free travel (issue of oyster cards) nationally for under 18s.
Easily accessible youthbanks for advice for young people.
Free calls for advice line.
UKYP to keep on the agenda.
Keep meeting with transport companies.
Get someone high profile to support a new service for young people (e.g. Richard Branson).
NYA – statistics needed on young people.
National Youth Board – response agency? Instant response to negative media exposure.
Local youth forums for some.
Think outside the box to give imaginative stories. Personal stories.
Give different perspectives.

Added by tim at 06/26/2007 - 12:38

Roving Reporters - Newsletter

The Roving Reporters were up till late last night creating an overnight newsletter to give a picture of the whole event. Get your copy here (PDF).
Added by tim at 06/26/2007 - 10:50

Economic wellbeing workshop notes...

What is young people's experience?:

Regeneration in our communities means luxury housing, not facilities for young people.
Missing 2010 poverty target - % needs increasing.
Rural – no H/E F/E entry level jobs locally
No transport. No affordable housing.

Where are we falling short for children and young people?:

Formal education is failing to meet needs of yp
Not providing affordable housing
Not equipping yp with skills to navigate the new labour market, or promote enterprise.

Why are we falling short?:

Need to recognise problems are embedded in structure of economy- wider than just children/ youth services ran address.
Government rhetoric and local reality do not match.

What needs to be changed or put in place?:

Create economic conditions that foster enterprise
Face reality of aging population
Allow yp to better access media- present reality!
Better targeting of regeneration money- section 106
Youth and children’s services- better equip yp with skills they need including enterprise and financial capability.

Key messages for tomorrow
Better local planning
Build enterprise and financial capability skills in yp.
Better access to media
Recognise the wider structural and economic factors are wider than cyp services can address- join up the policy
As a sector we need to be more honest in our dealings with Government.

Average: 4 (2 votes)
Added by tim at 06/25/2007 - 23:11

Vox Pops after open space session

Steve Moore from Channel 4 led an open spaces session at today's Youth Summit - and afterwards DK captured some of the ideas that have come up...
Added by tim at 06/25/2007 - 15:42

Roving reporters reviews on youth involvement in neighbourhood renewal programmes

This is a rich archive of newsletters and dvd clips from young reporters over a number of years on the active involvement of young people in neighbourhood renewal and community regeneration. It showcases great examples and progress as well as asking tough questions about how to make sure young people are recognised as citizens now and that their particpation is built in not just bolted on as an afterthought.

Added by billb at 06/22/2007 - 15:50
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