Youth Engagement at St Basils has recently been renamed 'Youth Voice' and merged with our national work where St Basils is funded by the DCLG to facilitate the National Reference Group and Youth Homeless Parliament working with homeless young people from across England, to help them have a voice on a national scale and where it really matters; influencing MPs at the heart of government.
We have been running engagement projects since 2008 and have feel that young people should have a say in how the services that ultimately will effect them should be run and we have also found that encouraging young people to share their opinions helps build their own confidence and self-esteem. This in turn helps them to make the most of other opportunities including education, work and training.
Youth Voice at St Basils now provides a 'pipeline' to these national opportunities for young people living within our schemes, as well as many others locally, for example working in partnership with other agencies including local universities and NHS Trusts and internally, working with other departments at St Basils.
Recently Youth Voice launched their own new micro site and you can find out more about this project here: