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Somerset Youth and Community Service has a long history of promoting and providing youth councils across Somerset and has a lot of experience of creating and sustaining youth councils. If you're interested in setting one up, or would like to make more of the one you have, please contact us (see below).

We also have a range of tried and tested youth council training sessions which you can download below.  Each session is for between 12 and 15 participants and lasts about 75 minutes.

For more information, please contact the Youth & Community Officers:

Zara Scott-Davies
Tel: 01823 357554
Mobile: 07919 540738
Email: zscottdavies@somerset.gov.uk

Kirstie Brown
Tel: 01823 357553 
Mobile: 07899 700170
Email: kbrown@somerset.gov.uk


Not sure how to structure your Youth Council? We have a guide that will help!


 

Workshop title: Working together   

Aim: To enable groups to work effectively together

Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand the ‘formal’ roles within a youth council, including chair, secretary and treasurer
  • Acknowledge the importance of good communication and be able to list the main points that make up good communication, both verbal and written
  • Have explored their own strengths and weaknesses in relation to communication and the work of the youth council
 

Workshop title: Research

Aim: To enable participants to undertake basic research projects to inform the work of their councils

Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be able to understand the process of planning a research project
  • Be able to list six different ways that they can find out the views of their peers and communities
  • Have designed a small research project of use to their council

For a copy of the Young Reseachers Toolkit (mentioned in the workshop) please click here

 

Workshop title: Representation 

Aim: To enable participants to understand the issues around representing others views, as well as their own

Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Know who their ‘constituency’ is
  • Appreciate the value of diversity within their group and the community
  • Have practised representing views they do not themselves hold
 

Workshop title: Presentation Skills 

Aim: To enable the participants to delivery effective presentations

Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand that preparation is essential to making good presentations
  • Understand the strategies about making presentations better and easier
  • Have voiced, and problem solved, fears about presentations
  • Given presentations to practice their learning and skills
  

Workshop Title: Project Planning

Aim: To enable participants to plan projects successfully

Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand the stages of project planning
  • Be able to identify performance indicators at the start of the project
  • Have planned a small scale project
 

Workshop title: Understanding Councils 

Aim: To enable participants to understand how different councils work

Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be able to differentiate between the responsibilities of town/parish, district and county councils and national government
  • Understand the ways that parish councils make decisions
  • Be able to lobby their local town/parish councillors, county councillors and MPs effectively
  • Understand where the UKYP sits within this
 

Workshop title: Publicity, marketing and social media         

Aim: To enable participants to make good use of publicity and marketing opportunities

Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Have identified local publications that would be of use
  • Have practised writing press releases
  • Have a plan for the use of social media

If you would like a copy of the 'Sounds Positive - A guide to working with the media for Young People' please contact us.

  

 

Please note: 

This resource may be used free of charge by local authorities and community groups for the benefit of young people.  Its use for commercial gain is prohibited without the prior written consent of the Somerset County Council Youth & Community Service Manager.  Any unauthorised copying or distribution will constitute an infringement of copyright.