Project & Issues being Tackled
The following projects and issues have been identified by SDYC members as being of concern to young people, through consultation and in some cases, on-going work with other organisations – these were agreed at the SDYC Annual General Meeting on 24 May 2017;
Young People’s Health & Wellbeing
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing: SDYC will maintain their ongoing relationship with the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, helping to ensure young peoples voice is heard in improving these services.
Improvement to Doctor’s Surgeries: SDYC will pursue a relationship with local Doctor (GP) surgeries to help them maintain ‘young people friendly’ practices. They will also look to develop ways in which young peoples voices are heard through Patient Participation Groups.
School Nursing: SDYC will explore ways in which they can help improve the quality of services from school nurses. This will be a new project for 2017/18.
Sexual Health Services: SDYC will explore ways in which they can help improve the quality of sexual health services. This will be a new project for 2017/18.
For more information on the work of SDYC on issues relating to young peoples health and wellbeing, please go to: SDYC Health Focus Group page.
Young People and Local Democracy
Adopt-A-Lord initiative: During 2015, SDYC participated in a British Youth Council led initiative whereby various local youth voice groups across the UK adopted a member of the House of Lords in which to lobby on behalf those they represent. SDYC communicated with and met with some local peers: Baroness Royall of Blaisdon; Baroness Corston; and Lord Bichard KCB. A renewed commitment has been made to pursue an increase in communication with them on both local and national issues for young people.
Voter Registration: Whilst SDYC have already committed to supporting the British Youth Council led campaign to lower the voting age to 16 years (having received the mandate through district wide consultation in 2015/16), they have renewed their commitment exploring was to increase voter registration. For this, they will look to working closely with Stroud District Council and other local partners.
For more information on the work of SDYC on issues relating to young peoples involvement in local democracy, please go to: SDYC Local Democracy Focus Group page
Curriculum for Life
Curriculum for Life project: During 2016/17, SDYC developed a project that would look to influence how young people were taught in schools about democracy, citizenship and politics. Work on the Curriculum for Life project will continue in 2017/18.
Young People’s Employment & Training
Skills for Stroud Employability Charter: Following SDYC work in previous years to highlight the need for improvement in the quality of work experience for young people, Stroud District Council responded by developing what is now entitled the Skills for Stroud Employability Charter – a standards based tool to improve the experience of work experience students and increase their employability skills. Now used by many organisations across the district, SDYC will be looking to continue its promotion of this charter, as well as have some members trained alongside adults to participate in the work of the assessment team.
For more information on the charter, please go to http://skillsforstroud.org.uk
For more information on the work of SDYC on issues relating to young peoples employment and training, please go to: SDYC Employment and Training Focus Group page