Youth Board Meeting, May 19th.
Present, Therese Gillespie, Geri Pal freeman , Sean Tarpey, Marion,
Paul, Issy,Francis ,Jade, George, Katie, Emily M , Martyn and Jemma
The aims of the meeting were :
To improve communications between the Youth Board and the Council
To develop good working relationships
To develop a mutual understanding of the role of the Youth board
For the Youth Board to show how they like to work.
The meeting started with introductions and with everyone saying what they wanted to
get out of the board and what they have to offer.
Jade, Francis and Emily then ran two activities from the Ready Steady Change
training, Jargon Busters and Family Fortunes. These enabled all those present to think
about how we use language and what adults and young people think is involved in
It was agreed that both adults and young people attend meetings where they do not
understand what is going because of the language used . People chairing meetings
should be aware of this and make sure that everyone has the opportunity to ask
questions without feeling stupid. !
The second activity demonstrated that adults and young people have different views
of participation. Adults tend to think of participation in terms of getting things done
whereas young people think more in terms of the impact that their participation has on
them as individuals.
The final activity of the evening was the Worlds Worst Meeting run by Issy Katie and
Everyone was given a role to play, from asking people if they wanted drinks,
gossiping, texting to shouting people down. Everyone played their role well and it
was indeed a terrible meeting . Did anyone know the topic for discussion ?
Feedback at the end of this session underlined how disruptive it could be when
people do not engage with discussion.
In the final session everyone was asked to record on post it notes the answers to these
questions : what I want the youth Board to achieve over the next 6 months.
How I can help the Youth board to achieve this.
The answers to question one were ;
To make sure that we make a change for young people.
To build closer relationships with the council
To sort out issues that worry young people
To run a successful anti bullying conference ( 4 )
To start schools thinking about how they deal with bullying
To work on the transport campaign
To develop a better understanding of what the council expects from us and
how we can help each other – perhaps by working directly with councillors on
To build closer relationships between the council and young people
To come up with a structured plan that the Youth Board can follow to address
the issue of bullying
To build upon the success of this evening to get better at communicating
To make sure that everyone has someone they can talk to about bullying
For more young people in South glos to know About the Board and how they
can get involved
For the Boards transport and anti bullying projects to start reaping results
To complete the concessionary transport consultation
For the Council and the Youth board to develop clear and workable
To work with the Council to ensure that the Board remains Youth lead and
orientated and outside of council burocracy
The answers to question 2 were :
Make sure that the Board has the time and the support it needs to do the job
Help the Board make the contacts it needs (3 )
I can attend Board meetings when they invite me
I can help the Board run a successful Anti bullying conference
Enthusiasm and ideas
Previous experience of campaigning and running events
Try something ( like chairing a meeting) that I haven’t done before to show
young people that it can be done.
To facilitate a meeting between young people and the cabinet
Listening and learning skills
Commitment and enthusiasm.