The Opportunity Area (OA) has funded a Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in both Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. Both YABs are managed by 20Twenty Productions.
Each YAB involves young people aged 13–24 representing other young people across their district. They meet at least once a month to discuss issues that are important to them. The young people collect feedback on different ideas and issues through student surveys available to all pupils attending local mainstream secondary schools.
Activity to date
At Thomas Clarkson Academy and Cromwell Community College, the Fenland YAB has commissioned an anti-bullying app called ‘Tootoot’. Any secondary school in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire is welcome to have a demonstration of this app. OA secondary schools can also apply to receive funding from the YAB to roll out the app in their school for the first year.
The YAB commissioned the Young People Counselling Service (YPCS) to create a Wellbeing Wallet containing advice and activities to support young people who are struggling with their mental health. This has now been created and will be rolled out through secondary schools over the next academic year. The YAB has also been working with YPCS to deliver Wellbeing Mentor training for young people in schools to be able to support other young people.
Over the last couple of years the YABs have supported a number of other projects and initiatives, including:
- Food poverty initiatives
- A YAB conference
- Grub Gowers
- The Community Fridge
- Pizza Kits
- Electronic devices for students who needed them during lockdown
- Craft kits for children
- Mental health kits
More information and contact:
For more information about the Youth Advisory Boards and how to get involved, contact Max@20twentyproductions.co.uk.