Who can join the Lancashire Youth Commission?
We are looking for participants aged 14-25 years who are currently residents of the Lancashire policing area (including Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool). The role is open to anyone in this age group living in Lancashire.
In total, we are seeking to recruit up to 25 young people. We are looking for people who will be good team players, who will be committed to the project and willing to do all of the activities involved. We are also very keen to ensure that the Youth Commission is made up of a diverse group of young people who broadly reflect the make-up of the local population, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system.
If I join, what will I have to do?
Between November 2020 and November 2021, members of the Youth Commission will:
Take part in Youth Commission sessions: You will participate in 4 Youth Commission sessions in the first phases which will usually be on Saturdays (November, December, February, March), the meetings in the second phases are (May, July, September, November).
Work on special topics: You will pick a topic (from a shortlist) that interests you to work on with a small group of other members. The shortlist will be determined by the Youth Commission and may include topics such as relations with the police, reducing youth offending, drug abuse etc.
Gather the views of other young people: You will be given support to carry out peer consultation with other young people from schools, colleges, universities and youth groups. This can be done to suit your schedule and can fit around your existing commitments. We anticipate that each member will do in the region of 30 hours of consultation in total by the end of the project.
Plan events: You will work in a team to design and plan interactive events to engage other young people and partner agencies in your area. You will be invited to help to run these events wherever possible, as long as there is no clash with your school/ college commitments.
Report back to the Police and Crime Commissioner: You will contribute towards the analysis of information gathered from young people in your area and help to present back your conclusions to the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Help to host the Youth Commission Conference in 2021: You will have the opportunity to present your results and recommendations and be a part of discussions with Lancashire Constabulary, partner agencies and other young people.
What will I get from being part of the Youth Commission?
Discuss issues with the Police and Crime Commissioner, police and key partners: You will have discussions with the Commissioner, police and other partners through the Youth Commission and help them to understand what young people in your area think about Police and Crime.
Develop your skills and experience: You will gain valuable skills and experience, which you will be able to use for your CV or applications to Further or Higher Education.
Become ambassadors for other young people: You will give a voice to young people in your area by helping them to get their views heard.
Meet new people: You will meet a diverse range of other young people from the Lancashire area, and work alongside professionals from different organisations.
Applications for this years Youth Commission are now closed. Please check back for more information.