The group will consider and advise on a host of other issues relevant to young people such as employment, skills, the environment, culture, transport, mental health and wellbeing.
“Too often young people are excluded from the debate when politicians are making decisions. Yet, it’s the youth that has to live with the consequences of those choices the longest. As Metro Mayor I want to do things differently and ensure that the voices of young people are heard loud and clear when it comes to shaping the future of our region. That’s what the Metro Mayor’s Youth Impact is all about.
“The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and I have powers over key areas including transport, economic development, housing, jobs and skills, the environment, digital connectivity and culture. We develop policies and make important decisions on all of these key issues and more. By joining Youth Impact, you can influence the big decisions that matter – whether that’s how local buses operate in the future or how I, as Metro Mayor, can help our local town centres to thrive.” – Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.
If you live in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens or Wirral, and are aged 13-18 (or 13-25 if you have special educational needs and/or a disability), then we want you to be a part of the team.
You can get involved in a variety of different ways – from taking part in online discussion groups to attending meetings of the Metro Mayor and Combined Authority. If meetings aren’t your thing, you might prefer to complete surveys every once in a while about an issue you’re passionate about, or even do some volunteering.
Involvement of the group
Youth Impact was formed when Steve Rotheram said that he was keen to hear the opinions of the youth in the city region, and give them the opportunity to have their voices heard at the most direct level possible. He wanted young people to be involved in major decision-making processes, which ordinarily is carried out by adults – however, these decisions have a significant impact on young people now and in the future. The group was launched virtually during the Coronavirus crisis, giving almost 200 young people the chance to ask Steve Rotheram questions directly.
Fair Employment Charter
Young people may be treated unfairly by employers due to lack of experience. As a result, they can sometimes face less favourable working hours, conditions and workloads than their older work colleagues.
We asked Elevate – an organisation that works with schools and businesses – to help improve the youth’s readiness for work. The have extensive knowledge of ‘what makes a fair employer’ as they arrange work experience and work placements for students.
They interviewed young people, and asked them about their experiences when they were on their work placements. The results gathered will influence future policies of the Fair Employment Charter.
Communications with young people
Strong communication plays an integral role in helping us make a difference together. To enable us to converse more effectively with young people, we held a workshop asking how we could best reach them. This proved to be very useful and informative. It indicated the most accessible methods in order to become more connected. And now, we’re working hard to put those suggestions into action.
Liverpool: A Child Friendly City
Liverpool City Council is bidding to become a UNICEF Child Friendly City – the outcome will improve the city on a number of levels for children and young people. However, we can’t just assume that we know what makes a place better for a child to live in. Therefore, we held a focus group with 11 young people aged 13-18yrs, and asked questions about health, feelings of involvement, safety, children’s rights etc. The results were welcomed by the council and will be included in future planning.
Spatial development strategy/town centre planning consultation with young people
Spatial development is about planning your town for the future – would you like to see more green spaces? Improved safety in your area? More affordable housing? Better transport links?
20 young people joined the expert town planners at a consultation event, and within their groups, they discussed the various issues and shared opinions and recommendations for the future.
Youth Employment task force
COVID-19 has presented a wealth of challenges for everyone, but one of the biggest concerns of the youth is their employment prospects. The Metro Mayor aims to prioritise and improve opportunities for young people in our region, so back in July, we set up a Youth Employment task force to discover what is needed to enhance their employability skills.
One part of the plan involves setting up youth employment hubs in town centres in our area and also online. Young people in the group helped to develop a survey to ask others what services should feature in the new hubs. The feedback received influenced the plan, and the first hub was launched in December 2020.
Why should I join?
The Youth Impact group is inclusive and offers opportunities for everyone, regardless of your interests, background or level of confidence. You may be worried that you don’t have the time to commit to volunteering or attending regular meetings, but that doesn’t matter. If you prefer to complete a few surveys each year about a particular issue or project, that’s fine too! There are tonnes of benefits to being a member. Some of the most important are:
– You get to have your say over some of the biggest decisions that will shape the future of our area
– Our group is led by young people, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to input how the group works and what it focuses on
– If you’re part of a youth group or association already, it provides a platform to highlight some of the work you’ve been doing to a bigger audience
– It provides you with the chance to develop and enhance key life and job skills such as communication and problem solving
– You have the chance to make new friends and meet people with similar interests to you
– Being a member of the group will enhance your CV