Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Youth Assembly Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 12th July, 2016
Time:
5.00pm
Place:
Community Zone, North Shore Academy, Talbot Street, Stockton-on-Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mrs Ann McCoy, Beth Gibson, Jack Gibson, Jess Hugill, Stephen Jones, Chloe McLaren, Adya Trivedi, Joshua Corfield, Chloe McLaren, Rhianna Lees
Officers:
Carolyn Chubb (Youth Direction), Gareth Carson (Youth Direction)Shirley Stenburge (Youth Direction), Stuart Levin (SBC, Democratic Services), Gayle Nertney (SBC, Democaratic Services)
In Attendance:
Sarah Price - National Citizens Services
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Robert Cook, Kushan Bhardwaj
Item Description Decision
Public
SYA
10/16
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SYA
11/16
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 17TH MAY 2016
AGREED that the minutes were a true record.
SYA
12/16
NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE-PRESENTATION-SARAH PRICE-RECRUITMENT CO-ORDINATOR
AGREED that SYA members pass on information about NCS. JH to provide Sarah with information about Make Your Mark to pass onto participants in NCS summer intake.
SYA
13/16
YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUBSTANCE MISUSE SUPPORT SERVICE-FEEDBACK
AGREED that Members provide any feedback on the results to Stuart Levin.
SYA
14/16
#ANSWER ALEX- UPDATE (VERBAL)
AGREED that GC to consult with JH & BG to agree on wording before it goes out.
SYA
15/16
YOUTH CLUB REVIEW
GC to take feedback back.
SYA
16/16
MAKE YOUR MARK CAMPAIGN
AGREED that all members take back to their schools to discuss participation and SL to send out email on behalf of Cllr McCoy on the following day.
SYA
17/16
'DON'T HATE. EDUCATE! CAMPAIGN UPDATE
AGREED that all members promote the event within their schools, circle of friends and social media, and if available, come along and support the event.
SYA
18/16
STOCKTON YOUTH ASSEMBLY MEMBERS ACTIVITY UPDATE
AGREED that anyone who has not yet returned SBC and BYC registration forms must do so as a matter of urgency.
SYA
19/16
STOCKTON YOUTH ASSEMBLY-IDENTITY - 'HOODY/CLOTHING'
AGREED that:

1. Members have a think of fundraising ideas.
2. Members put some thought into Logo designs
SYA
20/16
FORWARD PLAN
AGREED that the Plan be noted.
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SYA
10/16
There were no Declarations of Interest made.
SYA
11/16
Members considered the minutes of the meeting held on 17th May 2016.
SYA
12/16
The SYA received a presentation from the National Citizens Service. The NCS is a fun and unforgettable programme available for 15-17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland. A 2 - 4 week programme, taking place outside of term term in spring, summer and autumn holidays, it aims to help young people build skills for life, which they are unable to learn in a classroom whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new people. Many activities relate to work skills, which participants can use for CV writing and interviews. Universities also recognise the value of the NCS for their students.

Week One involves spending time away from home in an outdoor environment, with 100 other young people. Location is usually in the Scottish Boarders or the Lakes, and activities include rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing.

Week Two is also spent away from home learning budgeting skills, preparing a meal, working with organisations and local businesses as well as taking part in media workshops.

Week 3 and 4 involves working together as part of a team, to design, plan and deliver a community project which will benefit their local community. Previous projects have including pop up photo booths & pop up cinema's, where the actual cinema is a significant distance away.

Spaces are still available for this summer which is the largest intake or for autumn which is aimed at college students. This is a great way to build confidence, leadership and independence.

Anyone interested in signing up, were encouraged to contact Sarah Price 07341127626/01912594797 sarah.price@ncsnortheast.co.uk

It was confirmed that the scheme is heavily subsidised by the Government. Each place costs over 1000, but participants only pay 10 - 50 to make sure that no one is prevented from taking part for financial reasons.

The programme accommodates those with disabilities, and should somebody have been unable to attend whilst they were 15 - 17 due to medical reasons, then they can attend at a later date up to the age of 25.
SYA
13/16
The SYA discussed results from the Mindmapping Exercise that took place on 17.05.16.
SYA
14/16
The SYA discussed potential questions for the #Answer Alex campaign.
It was agreed that questions should be relevant to everybody, and not targeting a smaller group, as it was felt it may put off young people getting involved at a later date.

A suggestion was made that #Alex uses an opening personal statement from 'Alex', introducing him/herself, before asking the first question.

It was agreed that a question relating to exams would be beneficial.
SYA
15/16
The SYA were advised that like all Councils, Stockton has some difficult decisions to make about providing services with limited budgets. Youth Direction are about to carry out a review into the provision of Youth Clubs across the Borough to make sure that the limited budget is spent in the best way possible.

It was hoped that School Council's/School Voice would encourage students to take part in the consultation and put their views forward.

Members took part in a group exercise where they were asked to describe their 'Youth Club from Hell', and their 'Youth Club from Heaven'.

Feedback for Hell included:

- Lazy Staff
- Doing things by yourself, no engagement from others
- Staff that don't listen
- Children of varying ages
- Repeated activities
- Being forced to get involved with activities
- Unfriendly people (Staff & other young people)
- Bullying
- Young People hanging around outside after being asked to leave following bad behaviour
- No activities
- Being bossed around

Feedback from Heaven included:

- Ability to gain responsibility (give people opportunity to arrange an event or trip
- People available to talk to
- Have a choice of whether to get involved or not
- Skills development - things that can be included in CV
- Trips and Residential opportunities
- Fund Raising activities to raise fund for trips
- Tackling bad behaviour
- Qualifications i.e. Duke of Edinburgh
- Optional group based activities
- Friendly people, respect & no bullying
- Separate times for different age groups
- Tuck shop selling nice things, not too expensive.
SYA
16/16
The SYA received a report on the Make Your Mark Campaign.

Young people are encouraged to use their voice in the UK's largest youth consultation called ‘Make your mark' - the UK Youth Parliament's annual ballot of 11 to 18 year olds. Young people vote for the issues that matter most to them, and the top 5 issues will be discussed in the House of Commons, with one topic being chosen as the main UKYP campaign for the following year.

Very easy to register your school / academy by Friday 15 July 2016 using the following link:

www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/
If registered to take part by Friday 15 July 2015, the school/academy will automatically be entered into a competition to WIN 5 TICKETS to the viewing gallery of the House of Commons to see the debate in action, along with subsidised travel and a tour of Parliament.

If unable to register by Friday 15 July 2015 the SYA were advised that their school / academy could still take part by using the online voting, or printing off their own paper copies of the ballot paper. Then collect in the ballot papers, count the results and email them to Shirley Stenburge before Friday 30 September 2016.

All schools within the area had been made aware of the campaign, but to date, only 4 schools within Stockton had signed up; Conyers, St Patricks, Thornaby Academy and Grangefield Academy.

Cllr McCoy suggested that Mike McGrother may be able to help promote and that an email be sent to all Head Teachers in her name, to encourage participation.

The SYA were asked for volunteers to become 'Make your Mark Champions' who would visit youth events/clubs/schools to help with the voting. Over 1000 votes would get the Champion a mug & a certificate.
SYA
17/16
The SYA discussed the event taking place on Thursday 21 July at Stockton Arc Theatre.

Main activities include:
- Boxing Workshop with Imran Naeem
- Didgeridoo Workshop
- Cultural Catwalk
- Bollywood Dance Workshop
- Drumming Workshop
- International Food Tasting
SYA
18/16
A report was presented that summarised the various activities members of the SYA had undertaken, which included the Celebration of the Queens 90th Birthday and launch of the Stockton Flyer. 8 YA members attended enjoying a nice tea, and then joining in the fairground activities and dancing.
SYA
19/16
Members are keen to fundraise in order to buy hoodies for members to wear to meetings and events.

It had been noted that other Youth Assembly's within the region wear hoodies, which members would find give them a sense of belonging, and feeling like part of a team when attending conventions, as well as raising the profile of the SYA.

Discussions were made around inviting a graphic designer from the Design and Print team to discuss the requirements for a logo.
SYA
20/16
The Forward Plan was noted.

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