YOUNG people in a Merseyside town are being invited to have a say about what goes on in their community.
ForHousing, part of ForViva Group, is on the look-out for young people aged 11-16 to take part in its community ambassador programme (CAP) in Stockbridge Village, Knowsley.
“There are lots of younger people who live in Stockbridge Village, and we want to make sure they have a voice in the community and a positive influence on where they live,” said Annie MacLean, community development officer at ForHousing.
“We hope that the programme will help develop some clearer ideas about what younger people want to see, so we can continue to invest in the kind of projects that improve lives and open up new possibilities for people.”
Those taking part will complete a personal development plan, gain experience in delivering social action programmes, networking and volunteering, and be offered accredited training opportunities.
They will also have their volunteer hours recorded and receive a certificate of completion, which can help them with future employment and education options.
ForHousing says it is looking for 10 young people to join the programme, which will last one year. They will work with Knowsley Youth Mutual on “fun creative sessions” to help identify what’s missing from the community, with the opportunity to bring their ideas to life.
There will also be the opportunity for two people aged 16-25 to be youth mentors on the programme, and the possibility of working towards an accreditation.
The programme is funded by Clarion Futures working in partnership with UK Youth, with ForHousing awarded £10,000 to deliver the programme alongside Knowsley Youth Mutual.