CHESHIRE YOUTH COMMISSION
The Youth Commission enables young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane and Cheshire Constabulary.
Over the course of 2017/18 the project has continued to work together to recruit enthusiastic, skilled young ambassadors for Cheshire. These dedicated volunteers have given up their own time to get out and talk to other young people about the priorities that matter to them.
Since 2016 the youth commission has recruited 56 young people to act as young ambassadors across Cheshire. They have gathered views from over 3600 young people across the diverse communities of Cheshire through peer to peer engagement, engaged with 44 partners over two cycles of the ‘Big Conversation’ and undertaken innovative work such as acting as observers on key police operations over Halloween and Bonfire Night.
In addition, over the course of the last 12 months, working alongside the Constabulary the Police & Crime Commissioner has set up a Youth Advisory Group to provide advice and input to the Constabulary on key themes affecting young people such as stop and search and missing from home.
Who can join the Cheshire Youth Commission?
Anyone aged 14-25 years who is currently resident of the Cheshire policing area - including Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington.
We are looking for people who will be good team players, who will be committed to the project and willing to do all the activities involved. We are also very keen to ensure that the Youth Commission is made up of a diverse group of young people who broadly reflect the make-up of the local population, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system.
What does a member of the Youth Commission do?
Between April 2018 and March 2019, members of the Youth Commission will:
• Take part in Youth Commission sessions: You will participate in Youth Commission sessions which will usually be on Saturdays.
• Have the opportunity to join a new Youth Independent Advisory Group: provide advice from a youth perspective on policing policies and strategies.
• Work on special topics: You will pick a topic (from a shortlist) that interests you to work on with a small group of other members. The shortlist will be determined by the Youth Commission and may include topics such as relations with the police, reducing youth offending, drug abuse etc.
• Gather the views of other young people: You will be given support to carry out peer consultation with other young people in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups. This can be done to suit your schedule and can fit around your existing commitments. We anticipate that each member will do in the region of 30 hours of consultation in total by the end of the project.
• Plan events: You will work in a team to design and plan interactive events to engage other young people and partner agencies in your area. You will be invited to help to run these events wherever possible and as long as there is no clash with your school/ college commitments.
• Report back to the Police and Crime Commissioner: You will contribute towards the analysis of information gathered from young people in your area, and help to present back your conclusions to the Police and Crime Commissioner.
• Help to host the Youth Commission Conference in March 2019: You will have the opportunity to present your results and recommendations and be a part of discussions with Cheshire Constabulary, partner agencies and other young people.
How can I apply?
Applications for the 2018-19 Youth Commission are now open. It is quick and easy to apply. All you need to do is complete an application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are under 18, you will also need to get your parent, guardian or carer to complete a consent form.
All the documents you will need to apply can be found below: