Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Youth Assembly Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 21st January, 2014
Time:
05.00pm
Place:
Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Jessica Belch (Chair), Ciaran Poole (Vice Chair), Cllr Mrs Ann McCoy, Angelica Andrejczyk, Chloe Armstrong, Jonathan Breeze, Oliver Crisp, Charlotte Dobson, Helen Elston, Lauren Harper, Ethan Jackson-McGlade, Frances Jones, Robert Krasowski, Chloe Milion, Amy Rowell, Ardal Rushton-Hall, Kathryn Wake, Matthew Wilson
Officers:
Lynda Brown, Julie Thornton (CESC), Richard Poundford, Neil Russell (DNS), Nigel Hart, Michelle Jones, Judith Trainer, Margaret Waggott (LD)
In Attendance:
Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Norma Stephenson
Apologies for absence:
Cllr David Harrington,Matthew Ferguson,Sarah Hurst,Charleigh Morritt,Yacouba Trarore,
Item Description Decision
Public
SYA
12/13
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 7 NOVEMBER 2013
AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 7 November 2013 agreed as a true record.
SYA
13/13
CODE OF CONDUCT AND RULES OF PROCEDURE
AGREED that:

1. the Code of Conduct and Rules of Procedure be agreed,

2. SYA members sign and return a copy of the Code of Conduct.
SYA
14/13
LEISURE AND YOUTH
AGREED that:

1. the suggestions from each workshop be noted,

2. SYA members to meet with Culture and Leisure service during the development of the programme.
SYA
15/13
GETTING READY FOR WORK
AGREED that the comments received be submitted to the Children & Young People Select Committee's review of Education and Employment.
SYA
16/13
STOCKTON YOUTH ASSEMBLY UKYP NATIONAL MAKE YOUR MARK BALLOT
AGREED that:

1. the content of the Make You Mark report be noted

2. The SYA develop a local campaign on one of the issues identified as part of the National Campaign Curriculum for Life.
SYA
17/13
STOCKTON YOUTH ASSEMBLY ACTIVITY
AGREED that the information be noted.
SYA
18/13
FORWARD PLAN
AGREED that the time date and venue of the next meeting be noted.
5.00pm/6.45pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SYA
12/13
Members of the Stockton Youth Assembly (SYA) considered the minutes of the meeting held on 7 November 2013.
SYA
13/13
The SYA was presented with the draft Code of Conduct which outlined the behaviour that was expected of SYA members when attending meetings and the support they would receive. The draft Code of Conduct included the key themes identified by the SYA at the meeting on 7 November 2013.

The draft Rules of Procedure was also presented, which explained how meetings of the SYA would be held. The draft Rules of Procedure also included the suggestions made by the SYA at the previous meeting.

The SYA members were requested to sign the Code of Conduct and keep a copy for their reference.
SYA
14/13
Neil Russell, the Leisure and Sports Development Manager, informed that the Council wished find out what type of sport and leisure activities young people wanted to see in the borough. The SYA Members was asked to describe what characteristics they would include if they were responsible for organising a sports/active leisure activity programme for teenagers.

Members of the SYA formed workshops to discuss their ideas, following which they fed back their top suggestions to the group. Members listed a number of different activities they would be interested in, the types of venues they thought would be most suitable for activities and times that would be most appropriate. It was noted that less traditional sports which were not played at school were more popular. The cost of activities and individuals own confidence and self-esteem were seen as the most important barriers for young people taking part in sport and leisure activities.

The SYA were invited to hold further meetings with Culture and Leisure Services during the development of the programme.
SYA
15/13
The Council's Children & Young People Select Committee, made up of Council members to look at different services, had carried out a review called Education and Employment. The review examined what employers, schools, colleges and young people needed to do to make sure that young people were ready for work. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee, Richard Poundford from Regeneration, Lynda Brown from Education, and Judith Trainer from Scrutiny presented the findings of the review.

The SYA discussed the careers advice and work experience they had received and how this could be improved, as well as the barriers they had faced when trying to gain work experience and employment. SYA members highlighted the need for more information on jobs from schools and independent careers guidance. The importance of structured work placements was also recognised. The SYA Members made the following suggestions:

* More employers should be involved in schools
* Schools should provide impartial independent guidance
* There should be more, and better, information about jobs in schools including information about obscure jobs
* Structured and planned work placement programmes should be developed
* Ensure equal opportunities
* Work with employers to help them realise the difficulty in gaining experience and how unfair it was to penalise young people who did not have experience
* Work with different age ranges and make sure that the enthusiasm of young people was encouraged
* Employers said that young people want to do something they enjoy rather than what will lead them to work - these were not ‘mutually exclusive'

All the comments received would be submitted to the Select Committee's review and help influence their recommendations.
SYA
16/13
The Chair and vice Chair, in their role as Stockton Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) and Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DMYP), had consulted with and encouraged young people to get involved in the British Youth Council's Mark Your Mark campaign, identifying the top five issues from the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) manifesto to be debated in the House of Commons. A record number of returns were received from Stockton, compared to previous years, and the MYP & DMYP were successful in encouraging new schools, voluntary groups and SYA members in supporting the process.

In November 2013 the Chair attended the House of Commons to represent Stockton in the UKYP debate on the voting age for elections and referendums, which had been identified as one of the top issues across the country.

The top three issues for Stockton were zero tolerance towards bullying (306 votes), better work experience (268 votes) and apprenticeships (233 votes). The SYA considered developing a local campaign around these issues as part of the National Campaign Curriculum for Life, and would discuss how to do this at their next development meeting.
SYA
17/13
The Chair noted that as part of the events at the House of Commons all MYP's adopted a Lord. The Chair adopted Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, a Paralympian who lived in Eaglescliffe.

The Chair was elected to the National Scrutiny Group for the North East area and attended her first meeting of the group. There were 15 representatives elected on to the group. The main topics discussed were the importance of targeted careers advice and the BYC report on transport for young people. There was also a discussion on Dr DE Souza's campaign for a National Children's Week to highlight mental health. The topics for the next meeting of the group would include homelessness, youth offending, and poverty. It was noted that the Council's Arts Leisure and Culture Select Committee were reviewing child poverty, and it would be useful to feedback information from the National Scrutiny Group.

SYA members also attended the British Youth Council (BYC) Convention 3 in December 2013. DMYP to feedback and discuss the day's activities. Dates for the next BYC Conventions were included on the forward plan.

Nominations were being taken for the BYC Select Committee. The Chair had previously been to the Committee and enjoyed her time there so encouraged SYA members to nominate themselves.

A national residential training event for Youth Assembly members was taking place on 11th-13th April 2014 (Easter holidays) in Kent. This would be an opportunity to meet other young people involved in Youth Assembly's across the country and all travel and costs would be covered. The number of places to be allocated for the SYA was to be confirmed, but members were asked to let Youth Directions know if they were interested in attending.
SYA
18/13
Consideration was given to the Forward Plan, which outlined the items to be discussed at the next formal and informal meetings.

The informal meetings would take place at Youth Direction office, and there would be team building activities and time to complete the Youth Voice Award Log Books. The next informal meetings were Wednesday 5 February and Wednesday 2 April, both 5pm - 7pm.

The main items on the agenda for the next formal meeting of the SYA were community safety and feedback from the discussion held in November on young people's health and wellbeing. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 March at 5pm at Community Zone, North Shore Academy.

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