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Participation and Young People's Voice

Do you live, work or go to school in Kensington and Chelsea?

On Thursday 17th September at 6.30pm, Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea (ADKC) is holding an event to hear the voices of young people aged 16-25yrs. If you would like a chance to have your say, contact Jamie for a Zoom link on chiefexecutive@adkc.org.uk

"Your Voice" 

This is your chance to share your thoughts, ideas and to help shape future youth council priorities through the 'Your Voice' survey.

This survey is open to young people up to 25 years living, working, or going to school in Kensington and Chelsea. It takes about 15 minutes to complete, and participants will have the choice to enter into a prize draw to win a £20 voucher for a shop of their choosing. Closing date is Friday 1st October. Click here to complete the survey. 

Information, Support and Opportunities for 16-25 year olds

For employment, training, advice, mentoring, volunteering, youth activities and more, download our new document for Westminster and RBKC or open the tab 'Support for young people over 16 years for more information.

All for Youth Newsletter

'All About Me' boxes of Mya, Mahmoud, Simon and Michelle from the News Crew.

Meet our News Crew!

Ava, Simon, Miya, Mahmoud ad Michelle make up our News Crew. Read about them below. If you would like to join, email marianna.lill@rbkc.gov.uk.

July 2021 Summer edition out now!

Welcome to the July edition of the All For Youth newsletter. Download a copy here.

This inclusive newsletter is a way for you to share your voice with other children and young people across Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.

In this bumper Summer edition you can:

  • Discover holiday activities to keep you busy
  • Read Ava's Summer of fun recommendations
  • Find out ways you can get involved with all for youth

For this edition, a special thanks goes to Ava from the News Crew.

If you would like to read previous copies of the newsletter, they are available to download on the right-hand side of this page.

Hope you enjoy,
Marianna

Support for young people over 16 years

*NEW* A document to support young people aged 16-25 years with advice and opportunities including, training, employment, mentoring, careers advice, volunteering and more!

RBKC residents click here to download

Westminster residents click here to download

IASS delivered a presentation on Post-16 transitions in June 2021 which can be found in the downloads section to the right

Other helpful websites:

Preparing for Adulthood | PfA | Home Page

Westminster Information Advice Support Service :: Home (westminsteriass.co.uk)

Preparing for adulthood | Westminster FIS

Preparing for adulthood | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (rbkc.gov.uk)

How have young people been involved?

*Coming Soon *

Where to go for Advice and Support?

Advice and Support

Information, Advice and Support Services (sometimes called IASS) can help you with questions about school, college, training, healthcare and getting the right support and home, school or in the workplace. Watch the video which explains what IASS is. There are IASS services in both and Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea

Autism Support

So, you're autistic?

That’s why our Ambitious Youth Network decided to create resources for young autistic people like themselves. Our collection of videos and blogs, all written or featuring autistic young people themselves, explain diagnosis, autistic identity and everything that surrounds it. Find more information on their website.

Mental Health Support and Counselling

KOOTH counselling is on online counselling service for young people aged 11-25 years.

Young Minds can offer tips, advice and guidance on how to support your mental health.

Childline provides help, advice, support and counselling services to young people.

Mental health is just like physical health, everybody has it, and it’s important to take care of it. Growing up isn’t always easy. Children and young people face a lot of challenges and it can be difficult to cope with everything life throws at you.
Feeling down some of the time is normal, but if you want to talk to someone about your thoughts or feelings, there are plenty of routes you can take. This guide aims to help you find the support and advice for whatever it is you’re going through.

Deaf support

The Buzz website provides support to deaf young people and includes information about corona virus discussing top tips for staying positive, corona virus and depression, managing change and also ways to work from home.

Healthcare

You have rights when making decision and choices about your healthcare. This amazing website has lots of videos of young people talking about their experiences and great information on how to use the NHS and take control of the decisions that affect you.

Legal

The Youth Legal and Resource Centre in Wandsworth has resources about your rights, including fact sheets about various situations.

Jargon

Jargon busters can help when the words you are reading don’t quite make sense or contain a lot of abbreviations. They are like mini dictionaries and explain diffuclt language in a way which is easier to understand.

Health Jargon buster looks at language around healthcare and related services.
Policy Jargon buster looks at language around policy, the SEND reforms and strategic decision-making.

What is participation?

“Participation is having opportunities to be part of decisions that are important to you and may lead to changes”.

Definition created by young people at the SEND Young People’s National Conference, 2019.

 

Why is participation important?

  • You have the right to be involved in things that matter to you.
  • The law says you must have your say.

  • It will help us understand the needs and wants of young people in the local area.  
  • It will help us improve services and understand what changes need to be made. 
  • It will help your communication, confidence and social skills

  • You can meet other young people and create a new and supportive friendship network. 
  • You can be involved in the council’s decision-making process.

  • You can help raise awareness and understanding in the community.

How can I get involved?

We want to hear from you!

Are you...

  • aged up to 25 years that wants to share their thoughts and views with us
  • living or going to school in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster
  • who wants to help drive change for children and young people with SEND
  • who wants to learn new skills, meet new people and share their opinions with others

Want to have your say while also meeting new people and having
fun?

Then join our brand-new Participation Champions group for young people with additional needs or disabilities (SEND). This group will speak about important issues, plan events for young people, check information is accessible, meet other young people and lots more. Download the information and application form here.

Are you interested in being a writer for our newsletter? 

We are looking for a News Crew of young people to contribute to future editions of the All For Youth newsletter. You could write articles or reviews, submit recipes, artwork and photos or recommend apps, movies or places to go! Read more information here.

Would you like to join the Youth Council?

Click to find out more information about the youth councils in RBKC and Westminster

Please contact me for more information:
Marianna.Lill@rbkc.gov.uk
Ph. 07967 760095

Mental Health Tools and Tips

Young Healthwatch: Have put together some useful guidance and resources about mental health which you can find on their website

Tools for Managing Emotions: These tools are designed to help children understand and manage their emotions and feelings and stay calm and in control in the classroom. This resource is designed to be used with individual pupils and is suitable for children aged 7 and up. 

Knowing your Mental Health: This guide aims to help you find the support and advice for whatever it is you’re going through.

Self-Care Summer Booklet (Secondary): Ideas for self-care that you can apply beyond the Summer holidays

Resilience Activity Ladder: This resource is designed to be used with individual children to help them to highlight a goal and break it down into smaller achievable steps, that they identify themselves.

Resilience Game: This game explores common scenarios that children may encounter in their day-to-day life at home, or at school.

ChildLine’s Calm Zone: Try breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress here.

Safety Net: A guide to going back to school for older children with tips on reducing anxiety and what to expect in the 'new normal' school environment.

Returning to School Life After Lockdown: A hearts and minds guide to support your next steps back to school

Resilience Games for children up to 6yrs can be found here  

Ava's Top 10 Tips: Ava, a member of the Westminster Youth Council has produced some top tips for other young people to think about when returning to school.


Helpful information for young people

Transition - Moving onto secondary school can be an anxious and exciting time, check out Young Minds for some top tips and BBC Bitesize for a collection of videos.

EHC Plans - As part of their work, young people's advisory group EPIC created a factsheet for young people to explain what an Education, Health and Care Plan is and how it works. There is a video explaining what EHC Plans are. Amy, a member of Council for Disabled Children’s youth advisory group FLARE, has created an incredible resource to support children and young people who have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).

The Local Offer - As part of their work, young people's advisory group EPIC created a factsheet for young people to inform them about the local offer and how it works.

Post 16 - As part of their work, young people's advisory group EPIC created a factsheet for young people to inform them what support is available to young people once they reach 16. 

Personal Budgets - KIDS have created a young person’s guide to Personal Budgets. Watch the video here

Advocacy - Youth-led advocacy is about supporting young people to speak up and helping them actively take part in the decisions that affect them. This UNICEF toolkit will give you the skills and information you need to stand up for what is important to you. It also includes advice for engaging politicians and the local media.

Autism - A quick guide from ‘NICE’ for young people and their families about assessment and diagnosis.  Top Tips and practical resources for autistic young people from ‘Ambitious About Autism’. Molehill Mountain is an app to help autistic people understand and self-manage anxiety. You can use Molehill Mountain to explore the causes and symptoms of anxiety.

Employment - A toolkit to support autistic young people into their first experiences of employment, further education or training.

The CDC has also put together some useful guides about a range of topics. 

Our strategy for participation

Here at the council, we want to make sure our strategy for participation is clear. It will follow these five principles:

 

1.      RIGHTS

All children and young people have the right to have a say about things that affect them, receive information they understand and have the support they need to learn, have fun and be safe, healthy and happy.

2.      INFORMATION

Children and young people have the right to information that is accessible, easy to understand and SEND and child friendly. 

3.      CONSULTATION AND FEEDBACK

Children and young people should be able to give their feedback and communicate their feelings in ways which are appropriate to them. We will use various communication methods including through face to face meetings, group and 1 on 1 meetings, emails, phone calls and text messages and through social media.

4.      DECISION MAKING AND PLANNING:

Young people will have opportunities to be involved in decision making processes through engagement, inclusion, consultation and co-production.

5.      EMBEDDING

We will ensure all participation is embedded and overseen through members of the Participation Champions Network, termly reference groups, Child Families Act Executive Board, and anywhere there are other opportunities for young people to be involved.

Our Vision and Aims for young people with SEND

Vision:

We want to hear from you, act on what you say and then let you know what we have done based on your feedback. We want to make changes to things that are important to you ensuring your time is valued.

Aims:

  1. We want to provide services to young people by listening to young people.
  2. We want you to tell us what you want and then share this with other people in the council.
  3. We will hear what you say and then act upon it making sure we keep you updated on what is happening.

Online resources, games and apps for home learning

Apps and Games:

Brain Parade http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/
Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.

HelpKidzLearn https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/
Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.

Sensory App House Ltd https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/
Description: a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.

Visuals2Go https://www.visuals2go.com/
Description: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.

You can find more online resources for home learning from the Department for Education (DfE) here.

Global Engagement Day 2021

Welcome to Global Engagement Day 2021! The theme for this year is Engaging Children for their Future. You can find out more about the work being done by the council from the videos below. Introducing:

Hasheam Burnett, Youth Participation Lead

Marianna Lill, SEND Participation Officer

Jordan Cotton, Consultation and Insight Officer

Please contact Marianna if you want to know more about sharing your voice and getting involved. 

Last Updated 08/09/2021

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