Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Youth Assembly Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 18th March, 2014
Time:
05.00pm
Place:
Conf Room No. 1, Community Zone, North Shore Academy, Talbot Street, Stockton on Tees TS20 2AY
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Angelica Andrejczyk (Chair), Chloe Armstrong, Matthew Ferguson, Sarah Hurst, Ethan Jackson-McGlade, Frances Jones, Chloe Million, Ardal Rushton-Hall, Kathryn Wake,
Officers:
Steven Hume, Lisa Lyons, Steph Sanderson, Claire Sills (DNS) Julie Thornton (CESC) Michelle Jones (LD)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr David Harrington, Cllr Mrs Ann McCoy, Jessica Belch, Ciaran Poole, Yacouba Trarore,
Item Description Decision
Public
SYA
12/13
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 21ST JANUARY 2014
AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2014 be agreed as a true record.
SYA
13/13
APPOINTMENT OF LEISURE & YOUTH TASK & FINISH GROUP
AGREED that Angelica Andrejczyk, Chloe Armstrong, Mathew Ferguson, Ethan Jackson-McGlade, Ardel Rushton-Hall and Kathryn Wake be appointed to a task and finish group.
SYA
14/13
COMMUNITY SAFETY-PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION
AGREED that:

1. The feedback from each workshop be incorporated into the questionnaire.

2. SYA members to meet with the Community Safety Team to discuss crime and disorder issues within six months.
SYA
15/13
MAKE YOUR MARK CAMPAIGN
AGREED that:

1. The content of the Make Your Mark report to noted.

2. The SYA take part in National Campaign via informal meetings

3. The SYA continue with combined local campaign of Better Work Experience and Apprenticeships.
SYA
16/13
UPDATE OF SYA ACTIVITY (VERBAL)
AGREED that:

1. The information be noted.

2. SYA Members attending the residential course sign and return consent form.
SYA
17/13
CODE OF CONDUCT-RETURN OF COMPLETED FORMS
AGREED that SYA Members sign and return the code of conduct.
SYA
18/13
FORWARD PLAN
AGREED that the date and venue of the next meetings 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 21 January 2014.
SYA
13/13
The SYA considered a report which summarised the discussion at the previous meeting regarding a sport and active leisure programme. SYA Members had taken part in small group discussions to discuss the type of activities they would like to do, where they would like to do these activities, which other groups should be involved in activities, and what would stop young people from taking part in activities. It was proposed that SYA members be appointed to a task and finish group to take part in further discussion regarding the development of sport and leisure services for young people. The meeting would take place in April 2014, date to be arranged.
SYA
14/13
Steven Hume, Community Safety and Security Manager, informed that the Council wished to find out why young people believed that robbery was a priority in their area and had therefore devised a questionnaire which they proposed to take into schools.

Members of the SYA formed workshops to complete the questionnaire, giving feedback on its format. The feedback would be incorporated into the questionnaire before being taken into schools. The workshops also discussed three scenarios, deciding whether a robbery had occurred in each one. SYA members noted that where an offence took place and who it was reported to affected whether it was defined as robbery e.g. if something was stolen in school it could be dealt as bullying. SYA members noted that young people did not always know the definitions of different crimes. The Community Safety team explained that they were visiting schools to explain about different crimes to Year 7's.

The SYA discussed how social media affected feeling safe in their local area. Members noted that if they watched a video of a robbery outside their local area it would not affect them, but reports on local alert social media pages made SYA Members feel unsafe. The Community Safety team explained how they dealt with anti-social behaviour in one area which included using a Dispersal Order where officers approached those found in areas after a certain time to asked them to leave or take them home, imposed Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), worked with Youth Directions who carried out outreach session, and increased patrols. The importance of reporting incidents to the authorities so they could be dealt with rather than posting on social media sites was noted. The Community Safety Team also explained that Stockton Borough was the safest place in Tees Valley.

The results of the Crime and Disorder Survey were noted. A high proportion of the surveys had been completed by young people; however young people were the lowest group that completed the survey online. Young people stated that robbery, alcohol and domestic violence were high priorities. The SYA were invited to hold further meetings with the Community Safety Team to discuss crime and disorder issues. The team also expressed an interest in returning to the SYA meetings to discuss the issue of alcohol.
SYA
15/13
Consideration was given to a report that updated Members on the Make Your Mark campaign.

The MYP & DMYP for Stockton on Tees took the live The Make Your Mark Campaign into communities from the 6th August until 12th October 2013. Young people from across the borough were consulted on top 15 issues from the UKYP manifesto. The Stockton results were submitted 12th October 2013 at the BYC Convention and following the Youth MP's House of Commons debate in November 2013 the National campaigns for 2014 were agreed as Votes at 16 and the Curriculum for Life. The SYA discussed how they could become involved in these campaigns and agreed to explore the campaigns as a group at the next informal meeting.

The top three issues for Stockton was considered at the SYA meeting on the 21st January 2014, and these were Bullying, Better Work Experience, and Apprenticeships. The SYA had already contributed to Better Work Experience and Apprenticeships through the discussion at the Annual Debate on 30 September and their input at the previous meeting to the Council's Children and Young People's Select Committees Scrutiny Review of Education and Employment. The SYA agreed to continue with the combined campaign of Better Work Experience and Apprenticeships as the local campaign upon which to focus and promote.

The Time line for 2014 New Make Your Mark Campaign was as follows:

April - MYP confirm/draft Stockton's priorities to take forward to Annual Sitting

April - MYP attend Youth Voice Leadership Development Programme prepared with Stockton priorities - only discussions at this stage.

July - MYP attend annual sitting to undertake national debate with MYP's from across the country. Young people vote at the end of the weekend and the 15 topics finalised for this year Make Your Mark Campaign

August - Make Your Mark go live nationally- Ballot papers (with the 15 topics on) produced and distributed by all SYA members to promote in local schools/colleges.

October - Stockton count their local votes. Local issues for Stockton identified. The Stockton results then submitted for the National Count to the BYC Convention 2.

November - House of Commons Debate Live on the BBC Parliament. The Top five topics nationally chosen as the debate at the House of Commons. MYP's vote on the day for the national campaign.

December - The new National Campaign go live.
SYA
16/13
The informal meeting on 5 February was noted. SYA Members completed the British Youth Council Youth Voice Certificate record book at the meeting aswell as spending some time to get to know each other better.

The Youth Voice Leadership Development Programme was raised. The programme was a residential event in Kent and there had been six places allocated. Packs with details of the programme were circulated to those SYA members that had shown an interest, and they were reminded to return their consent forms by Friday 21 March.
SYA
17/13
SYA Members were reminded to sign and return their code of conducts which outlined the expected behaviour and commitment from each Member.
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 next informal meeting was to be held on Wednesday 2 April at Youth Zone and the next formal meeting would take place on Tuesday 13 May at Community Zone, North Shore Academy.

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