Young Commissioners - Children and Young People

Hertfordshire County Council ensures that children and young people have a voice in the services they receive, and starting in 2016 your voice will be at the very heart of these services! We are looking for young people to join this brilliant programme – could it be you?

 

In a nutshell

This is your chance to get involved and influence the services available to young people including how they are delivered and what the outcomes should be. Open to young people in Hertfordshire aged 13-19, up to 21 for care leavers and up to 25 for those with additional needs.

It’s about doing things ‘with’ you and not ‘to’ you. Making sure that what you need is what you get ... within reason!

 

Who are young commissioners?

Young Commissioners are young people from all over the county, from a diverse range of backgrounds, some of you might be young people living away from home, care leavers and some may have disabilities or learning difficulties however, all of you are committed to making change for the better.

 

What do I need to do as a young commissioner?

Attend a training programme to learn more about what is involved before formally signing up.

Learn about how services for children and young people are developed, commissioned and delivered, and how co-production - young people working with decision makers - works.

Develop your skills in advocacy and representing others, presentation and recording skills, working in groups and how to assess quality and what evidence to look for.

Could be a two day programme held over a weekend or alternatively, run over four evening sessions, this will depend your preference as a group.

And enjoy it. Believe that you are making a difference because you are.

 

What is the time commitment?

We recognise that you have lives...School, college, work, friends and family – and all these are important.

You can be involved as much as your time will allow. The training programme is a must though and from then on, meetings and visits with decision makers, providers of services, etc. will be fitted in as much as possible around your availability as a group.

You can get involved in the financial side, procurement, marketing, interviewing, quality assuring – whatever stages you are interested in or even better, challenge yourself and get involved in an area that you wouldn’t necessarily choose maybe?

 

Want to get involved?

Volunteering your time is a great way not only to learn new skills but also to get recognition that can be used towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, or to develop your CV whether it is for employment, college or university.

This is a very exciting project and one that promises to really make a difference.

 

The next event

Training is available throughout the year. The next training date is to be confirmed. To find out more or to register your interest, please email youngcommissioners@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

For more information about being a young commissioner,  or to register for the event email youngcommissioners@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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