Are you LGBT? Are you between 13-25 and living in Scotland? Are you care experienced or have you had experience of care in the past? Are you passionate about using your voice to influence positive change?
If you answered YES – we want to work with you!
We want to hear your views and support you to have your voices heard on the matters that affect you most:
What is working?
What isn’t working?
And most importantly, what are we going to do about it?
We know that you are the experts of your own lived experience of care and we believe that sharing those experiences can help shape the future of the care system in Scotland.
What do we mean by care experienced?
We consider anyone who has had the following experiences as being care experienced:
Lived in foster care
Lived in residential care
Been in kinship care – living with a family member other than your parents or a family friend (either formally or informally)
Lived at home with involvement from social services/ a social worker
Allies are also welcome to apply to join the youth commission.
What is a Youth Commission?
A youth commission is a group of young people who come together to investigate a specific issue and influence decision makers to make positive changes. They ensure young peoples’ voices are heard on issues that affect their lives. Youth commissions take a co-delivered approach, meaning you will work in partnership with other young people, staff and volunteers to take forward the work of the commission.
What does it involve?
The youth commission meets roughly once every six weeks for what we call “development days”. At development days we share our ideas, make decisions on how we want to shape our work and develop the skills we need. Travel costs and lunch are covered for everyone attending. There are also opportunities outside development days for youth commissioners to take forward the work of the commission, for example through attending meetings and events or delivering workshops (supported by youth workers). Specifically, this youth commission will:
Consult with other care experienced LGBT people on their views and experiences
Contribute to The Independent Care Review, an independent review of Scotland’s care system which aims to identify and deliver lasting change to the system, transforming the wellbeing of infants, children and young people.
Engage with service providers and people who make decisions about our future and the future of the care system in Scotland through meetings, events and blogs.
What will I get out of it?
Youth commissions are an opportunity to have your voice heard and make a difference. They are also a great way to meet new people, increase your confidence and develop skills such as:
Facilitation skills/ presentation skills
How to plan a workshop
Digital skills (film making, blogging, vlogging etc)
When we asked LGBT Youth Scotland youth commissioners what they liked about being involved in their commission, a young person told us that:
“Knowing that what I say has an impact on services and can help improve things is so rewarding, as well as hearing feedback from professionals who want to make change and are striving to be inclusive. My confidence to answer questions, share my personal story and improvise around material is now so high and I definitely want to deliver training again.”
How do I sign up? If you are interested in making a difference, meeting new people, developing confidence and new skills then we want to hear from you. For more information about how you can get involved contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would prefer to have a chat about this project call 0141 552 7425. You can also sign up to the youth commission via this link.