RYV wants to understand how the global health crisis surrounding the novel coronavirus COVID 19 and the subsequent government 'lockdown' has impacted the lives of both young individuals and those of an older age group. Credit for this project goes to our member Colin Martin for bringing his idea to our weekly meeting.
With the above aim in mind, we have devised various ways to gather data about the impact of the pandemic. These will include journal entries, surveys, vlogs, podcasts and selfies - we want to make participation as accessible as possible and may expand this to include even more opportunities to get involved.
The project will be hosted on the YoungScot Renfrewshire portal where more information can be found. To make this possible we are working with YoungScot and Renfrewshire Youth Services.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, our members put together a programme, underpinned by fair and empathetic values, that saw us strengthen our ties with local schools and community groups to deliver a programme of relief for young individuals facing various forms of poverty or deprivation in Renfrewshire.
This work was made possible through funding provided by the STV Children's Appeal. Through our work with young people aged 12-25 we realised the barriers and effects that poverty can pose. This funding enabled us to tackle poverty and prevailing socio-economic barriers to participation but with a youth lead approach. We offered targeted support for young people by working with local organisations, focusing especially on food poverty. None of this would have been possible without the support of the STV Children's Appeal.
RYV is taking a leading role on a local authority-wide consultation on PSHE with Education Scotland, Youth Services and Renfrewshire Council. The consultation has now been completed within 6 secondary schools in Renfrewshire. We will soon be presenting our preliminary findings to young people at this year's Youth Assembly where young people attending can participate in our workshops about the PSHE/HWB.
Our Aim – is to work with young people on the Health and Well Being/PSHE curriculum (content and delivery) through peer-led focus groups, to construct ’PSE Framework for PSE in Renfrewshire‘ that will ensure consistency of learning experiences across Renfrewshire.
We have been working with Renfrewshire Council to develop a participatory budgeting model through a youth steering group. The PB process constructed by Renfrewshire's young people was used to administer the new Celebrating Renfrewshire fund (previously the Youth Challenge fund) in Renfrewshire that used to reside under the Local Area Committee's remit.
Renfrewshire Youth Voice has taken a key role since the fund's inception, supporting and facilitating the council in its work with the steering group. The group developed the application for funds, promoted the fund, gave guidance and support throughout the application process and planned and ran a delivery event.
Having now established PB in Renfrewshire we continue to work alongside our partners to improve the fund and look forward to seeing how PN will develop even further in Renfrewshire in years to come.
On the 1st of November 2019 we hosted our 9th annual Positive About Youth Awards ceremony. The night saw numerous incredible and inspiring young people recognised for their talents and hard work.
We are looking forward to hosting our 10th awards ceremony marking ten years of celebrating and championing young people!
The nominations for this year's awards are currently closed. This page will be updated soon with the timeframe for lodging nominations for PAY 2020.
As part of 2019's theme about participation,
Renfrewshire Youth Voice visited four different local areas within Renfrewshire in a bid to afford those in hard to reach places the opportunity to participate in RYV projects.
The following areas were visited on the stated dates:
- July 4th at Bargarran Community Centre in Erskine ✅
- July 9th at the Go Zone in Glenburn ✅
- July 16th at the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch ✅
- July 17th at St Ninian's Parish Church in Ferguslie ✅