The Derbyshire Youth Network (DYN) have now linked together school and college councils and community youth groups to develop a wider network to hear the views of young people across the county.
The network provides support and opportunities for young people to engage with senior managers and decision makers in the county council, and other local agencies. This is also a way for young people to be involved in influencing future priorities and service planning.
Initially this was a virtual model with a member of our children's participation team running the network. From the consultation responses, we know that young people would like some face-to-face contact, so now COVID-19 restrictions have eased, we're exploring how to include some face-to-face engagement.
We've now completed our first 3 surveys: 'impact of COVID-19', 'jobs, careers and other opportunities', and most recently, 'climate change and sustainability'.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for making these consultations a success and we're looking forward to working closely with your schools, colleges, community groups and young people.
Climate change and sustainability
Climate change and sustainability has recently been raised as an issue of concern from young people, most recently in the findings of the Derbyshire ‘My Life, My View’ (MLMV) survey. We're now setting out to record these views on a large scale to inform decision makers in Derbyshire.
We received responses from 1,481 young people across the county and our most recent survey highlighted young people’s interest for climate action, the issues, the responsibilities, and the preferred way to receive information, advice, and guidance in the future.
In the meantime, if you're a young person who has a topic you think we should be asking other young people across Derbyshire about, complete our short form and let us know how you think we should focus our next survey.