What’s changed? - mapping the impact of participation activity
Name of organisation: Dorchester Youth Extra
Contact: Sue Bickle, Tel: 01305 252 204, E-mail: email@example.com
The issue raised by children and young people: Nowhere to Go and Nothing to Do
Evidence from Evidence of listening Evidence of planning Evidence of change
Dorchester Youth Extra (DYE) was The District Council continues to Dorchester Youth Extra has
Organisation established in 2001, following an support the youth council by become recognised as a group that
Agenda 21 meeting which providing free meeting venues, a can contribute to the planning of
highlighted young people’s issues. yearly grant of £500, a worker to services. It has been invited to
The West Dorset District Council help them facilitate meetings, and comment and consult on several
community facilitator worked with by covering admin costs, graphic large projects within the area, for
an interested group of young design and printing. The council instance the redevelopment of a
people to establish an independent funding adviser helped the young large area of Dorchester, the new
youth council in the town of people seek sources of funding for parking strategy, and The Local
Dorchester, covering the their DVD, and the community Development Framework. It was
surrounding villages. facilitator assisted them with their asked to take part in the Audit
applications, including one to the Commission’s Inspection of the
DYE carried out a survey and Youth Opportunity Fund. District Council. The District
made a DVD to provide evidence Council has been very impressed
of young people’s views about Dorchester Town Council also with the young people’s knowledge
provision available to them. offers free venues to the group, and understanding and their ability
and an area partnership worker is to understand the issues. For
West Dorset District Council able to assist at meetings and on example, at face value the parking
received DYE’s report and DVD trips if necessary strategy seems very boring, but
which was circulated to local they were able to highlight the
parishes and other statutory and The local police inspector has impact it would have on young
voluntary bodies. Internally the provided a minibus and driver to drivers, and on disabled residents.
report was sent to divisions and assist with the youth shelter
services affecting young people. consultation, and allows 2 PCSOs Since the report and DVD we have
to attend SK8 Park meetings, half evidence that young people are
Dorchester Area Partnership term hangouts and SNAP night being consulted much more in the
invited DYE to join the partnership meetings. SNAP (Say No and Community Planning Process.
and invited them to community Phone) nights are alcohol and Several parishes are setting up
lunches, rural parish meetings and tobacco free events for young young people’s groups, and
area partnership meetings. people with information stands ensuring that play facilities include
from various agencies. They are equipment for older children and
West Dorset Strategic run in partnership with the local youth shelters.
Partnership invited DYE to make PCT, the police, and
a presentation to a steering group Crimestoppers, which sends a The district council has included a
meeting. This helped inform the representative to SNAP night mobile skate park as part of its
community plan. meetings, and provides four Play Lottery Bid.
volunteers and goodies to give
Dorset Community Action (the away on SNAP Night. The town council has agreed to
local CVS) invited DYE to present erect a youth shelter in the town.
their DVD and report at a Dorset Community Action gave
conference entitled ‘I’m a Young two workers to help at half term The local nightclub has agreed to
Person Get Me Out of Here’, at hangouts, and its Community run SNAP nights on a regular
which they also ran workshops to Development Officer ensures that basis, and CRIMESTOPPERS will
highlight the issues and possible the parishes have all seen the continue to offer volunteer help.
solutions. DVD and report.
Half term and holiday hangouts will
Dorchester Town Council invited now be a regular feature, and DYE
DYE to make a presentation to the are now working with the v
recreation panel to support their Volunteering Action team to run
campaign for a youth shelter in the these and has applied for
town. Dorset Police have vcashpoint Funding.
supported the campaign for the
youth shelter. The local Contraceptive Clinic has
positioned a doorbell on their back
ROUTES Advice and Information entrance, allowing young people to
Service invited DYE to advise on enter the clinic discreetly.
their publicity and to help design
the new chill out room to make the The SK8 Park Committee has
service more accessible. come under the umbrella of DYE
and elected a new chair, SK8
The Contraceptive Service (PCT) champion and secretary. A
requested a meeting with DYE to renewed effort is in place to get the
discuss their concerns about park built by Spring 2008.
access to the service.
The Extended Schools Change
Up Team (consisting of the school
nursing team, Dorset Community
Action, Dorchester Learning
Centre, the county library service,
county youth service and advice
and information services) adopted
the report and DVD and have been
working on the issues raised.
‘Dorchester Youth Extra is a youth ‘We decided to ask other young ‘The response has been brilliant.
council that covers the rural town people if they thought the same as The Extended Schools Team and
Specific children of Dorchester and the villages we did. So we made a Dorset Youth Association are
and young nearby. We wrote our own questionnaire and took it around hoping to gain funding for rural
people constitution, and have a bank the villages for other young people youth hubs in three of the villages,
account with all the young people to fill in. We then produced a report offering creative activities, a place
as signatories. We meet at least and an action plan from the to meet, plus confidential advice
once a month or more if we are answers we received, but felt that and information services. We
working on projects. We are all the report would have more impact applied for YOF money and ran
aged between 12 and 18, and are if people could see first hand what three half term hangouts in the
all different, Skaters, Emos, Goths the problem was. We applied for a villages, with drumming, DJ
and Chavs, but we all want the grant from Yspeak to make a DVD, workshops, street dance and a
same thing, to have more to do for and received £3,000. We filmed digital funfair. We have applied for
young people in our area. the DVD in local villages during Local Network Fund money to
February 2006 half term. keep these going.
‘We were all fed up as if there is
nothing to do except for one youth ‘When it was ready we hired the We undertook peer mediation
club that not everybody can go to Corn Exchange in Dorchester and training provided by Dorset
or would like to go to.’ If you do presented the DVD and report to Advocacy, to help us when we are
want to go but live in the villages district and parish councillors, running events
and your parents can’t take you, youth workers, Connexions
you just can’t get there on the bus workers and members of the ‘Following the report and DVD,
either, as the last bus leaves public. We were able to answer Dorchester Town Council agreed
Dorchester at sixish and doesn’t their questions about what young to put a youth shelter in the town
come back again till the next day!’ people in the area wanted. We centre, and three of the parish
also made a presentation and ran councils are planning youth
workshops at ‘I’m a Young Person shelters in their villages.
Get Me Out of Here.’
‘We are very glad we made the
DVD as it has benefited so many
different people and we can see
the difference it is beginning to
make already. Also it will
encourage other young people to
go out and get involved in what
they think is needed in their areas.’
We advertised in the local media Young People attending SNAP/ ‘Three other villages are starting
for other young people to become half term hangouts and joining the their own youth councils. They will
Other children involved in the filmmaking, and in mailing list will be asked for be able to join in with Dorchester
and young our youth shelter consultation. We feedback and ideas for Youth Extra, and we have been
people and the had a good response to this and improvement. asked to help them with this.
wider community one new person joined DYE, and
many others took part in the The SK8 committee has applied for ‘Following the success of the DVD,
filming, and the consultation. YOF, and has planned several we have joined with other youth
fundraising events, including a forums in West Dorset to form a
60 young people attended the half Dawn to Dusk sponsored SK8, West Dorset YouthBank, so that
term hangout in the villages, with carnival procession and a stall at we can give grants to other groups
one joining DYE and 150 attended the local market. trying to make things happen in
the SNAP night – we sold out of their communities.’
tickets! 40 young people have
joined the renewed SK8 Park
Improved outcomes for children and young people: making a positive contribution, enjoying and achieving, being healthy