Created by young people for young people, the ‘Rise Above’ website aims to build emotional resilience in individuals aged 11 to 16 by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up. It also encourages conversations about the key health and wellbeing issues that affect teens and young people.
‘Rise Above’ tackles topics young people are most concerned about, such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health. To read more, go to:http://riseabove.org.uk/
Young Lives have put together a short survey on involvement of young people and supporting young people’s voice. This is to help us demonstrate the work that you undertake and to get a better understanding of how the VCS supports young people’s engagement. There is a keen interest in Council partnerships, structures and groups to have a greater input from children and young people into decision making, so we are also asking whether any existing fourms you facilitate would like to be better linked to develop greater links with partners.
Young Lives Bradford facilitates VCS representation and engagement on the wide range of strategic groups which report back to Bradford Children’s Trust and the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board. We are looking for representatives on behalf of the Young Lives Bradford Network and voluntary sector delivering services to children, young people and families in the District on the following groups:
Our Representatives are expected to attend meetings of the group and we would ask our representatives to provide brief written feedback on any key points from the meeting and on any relevant information which may need to be cascaded to the sector. We offer an allowance of £40 per meeting to your employer, plus travel expenses. Our VCS Representatives should be working or volunteering for a VCS organisation which delivers services to children and young people in the Bradford district.
Young Lives Bradford co-ordinates a Core Strategic Group (CSG) which meets bi-monthly and we are looking to recruit new members to the group.
The primary aim of the CSG is to oversee the strategic engagement of the children and young people’s voluntary and community sector with statutory, voluntary and private sector stakeholder groups and agencies, including the Bradford Council, the Bradford Children’s Trust, the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, the local NHS Health & Well-Being Board, and the Bradford VCS Assembly among others.
The CSG provides a forum for raising and responding to issues of wider importance relating to children and young people’s services within Bradford District. The purpose is to ensure the voice of the voluntary and community sector is heard wherever appropriate and necessary.
Membership of the group is open to managers and practitioners from organisations registered on the Young Lives Bradford network, conditional on a commitment by each member to attend scheduled meetings of the CSG.
Membership of the CSG gives individuals an opportunity to:
- Become more involved in strategic decision making
- Learn new skills from representing the sector at a strategic level
- Understand how decisions are made locally and nationally and how they impact on the sector.
We are particularly interested to see representation on the group from organisations that are:
- working with people with disabilities;
- working with BME and /or Central and Eastern European groups;
- in the 0 – 11 sector;
- young person led,
- volunteer-led, uniformed or faith based
- based in Keighley or Shipley constituencies.
For detailed information about the group view the terms of reference. To discuss this opportunity please contact Peter Horner on 01274 722772 or 07421 745712 or at the Young Lives Forum on 30th September.
Bradford Council have released their latest budget proposals. This includes proposals not only for 2016/17 but also many proposals for 2017/18. It is important to realise that proposals agreed in this round, won't be open for consultation next year, even if they are to come into effect in 2017/18.
Bradford District Partnership is also developing a new District Plan for 2016-19. This will be a key strategic document. As part of the development process there is an opportunity to input and influence the development of the plan, including suggestions for co-design of services.
The Bradford District Assembly, with support from VCS forums including Young Lives, is holding a consultation event that will look at the District plan in the morning and the budget proposals in the afternoon.
It is on 16th December 2015 at Thornbury Centre 9.30-3.30pm.
A presentation was taken to the Children's Trust Board this week, which explains the District's plans on Early Help, journey to excellence and signs of safety. This is supplemented by an explanatory document on Early Help and a briefing paper on signs of safety.
Young Lives Bradford are seeking to appoint a VCS Representative for the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board and a Chair for the VCS Safeguarding Steering group.
The VCS has played a central role in the business of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) since it was launched in 2006 (and is included as a signatory of the ‘Statement of Intent’). Representatives for the Board are appointed through Young Lives Bradford and the VCS are well represented at all levels of the Board.