Meet the Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Young Advisors

 Ben

BEN 

I am Ben, I live in West Derby in the North West of Liverpool.

I became a Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board Young Advisor March 2017.

I wanted to become a LSCB YA because I wanted to allow young peoples voices to heard and allow them to make decisions for their local area. I also wanted young people to have more opportunities for themselves. Being able to be actively involved in such important decision making for young people is very important for me and being able to influence these decisions is equally as important to me I take this very seriously.

Being part of a board as a trustee for a local charity which looks into helping and providing services for young people has advanced my skills in this area of knowledge and has allowed me to use these skills within the role of a LSCB Young Advisor, As well as being a volunteer I get to see first hand the shortage young people have these days and how we as the young persons today must strive to improve the facilities for young people.

The short time I have been a LSCB Young Advisor I have learnt so much and my eyes have been opened so much, I feel honoured to represent the LSCB as a Young Advisor and feel so privileged to be apart of such a dedicated, hardworking and determined team who take the up most pride in helping and supporting the young people of this city.

Lucy

 Lucy

Hi, I'm Lucy and I've been a LSCB Young Advisor since January 2017.

My main motivation to become a LSCB Young Advisor was wanting to give young people, like myself a voice; in a way that it can't be manipulated by other sources, meaning that views are heard with equal consideration.

I feel many young people’s views are dismissed, and upon hearing about Young Advisors, I felt like this was a brilliant opportunity to change that. Aiming to make as many changes in this world, after many voluntary programmes, I felt it was time to actively get involved with young people in my own community and find ways to improve our services for the better.

The LSCB Young Advisors has presented a fun and relaxed environment to work in, amongst people my own age sharing a common aim and that is what is most appealing about the job. Wanting to pursue a career in psychology, I feel meeting young people will be beneficial for my future aspiration and not only this, being a Young Advisor has taught me various skills such a data analysis that I will carry forward in the future, along with the shared experiences along the way, making a change to, not only my life, but to other young people across the city :)

Joel

Joel

Hi I'm Joel, I am 19 years old and from Wavertree, Liverpool. 

l became a LSCB Young Advisor in 2017.

I have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair.

I wanted to become a LSCB Young Advisor to bring my perspective as a young disabled person to the LSCB Young Advisors. I am passionate about disability awareness and I strongly believe that the views of disabled people should be heard.

I am a member of the schools parliament and I was Young Lord Mayor of Liverpool in December 2015.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Hi I'm Rebecca

I have recently become a LSCB Young Advisor because I've always been interested in the decision making process and ensuring young people have an influence within this and so I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get involved with this.

I've also always enjoyed talking to different people and the being a LSCB Young Advisor offers me the opportunity to get to know people I probably otherwise never would have done so I'm really looking forward to this aspect of the job.

Overall I think it is important that everyone in society is fairly represented and that is why I think the role of a LSCB Young Advisor is so important.

Faith

My name is Faith

I wanted to become a Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board Young Advisor after being a School Councillor and being able to make changes to within the school community. I wanted to work on bigger projects to make bigger changes through the city and when the opportunity arose to be a LSCB young advisor I knew the role was for me.

I feel strongly about children and young people's voices being heard and I feel like the LSCB Young Advisors is a good way for people's views and opinions to be listened to. 

Becoming a LSCB Young Advisor has allowed me to meet new people and experience new things. I am also gaining skills that will help me in life.

I am excited to see what being a LSCB Young Advisor will hold for me in the future, and what doors it will open.

 

Joe

My name is Joe and I'm 17.

I was taken on as an LSCB Young Advisor as part of the second cohort in January 2017. This is something I am very proud of. 

Since being taken on, I have been involved in the Liverpool Arts and Culture Commission, a Commission which we found to have a very positive response from the majority of the Young People who participated with us through the use of questionnaires and graffiti walls during focus groups that we held throughout the duration of the Commission.

I wanted to become an LSCB Young Advisor as I like to work with people and I enjoy meeting and interacting with new people. I thought that it would be a fantastic opportunity as a first job.

As a result of becoming an LSCB Young Advisor, I have met so many new people and made some amazing new friends. Something which I hope continues as more YAs are taken on. I have also gained some very valuable new skills.

I have become more confident, both in everyday life and whilst presenting in front of a group of people, something I had to do when the report for the Arts and Culture commission was presented in July 2017.  

Samira

I'm Samira and I'm from Toxteth, Central Liverpool.

I've been a LSCB Young Advisors since June 2016 and what first attracted me to be a Young Advisors was that I could, as a young person, start to make change that would help other young people in our City.

Since being a LSCB Young Advisor, I've been involved in the following commissions: Young People's Safety in the City; Liverpool young people's Manifesto; Young people engaging in Arts and Culture.

As I have mentioned, a lot of what we do, if not all, is about young people so we have an active voice in changing our own lives.

Being a LSCB Young Advisor, I've gained experience in meetings with potential clients and commissioners, report writing, data collection and analysis, chairing meetings and presenting. 

I am extremely passionate about highlighting issues that young people are facing, especially young people who are marginalised. I hope to be able to use what I have learnt from being a LSCB Young Advisor to eventually aid me in helping communities in a more profound way. 

Mark

Hello I’m Mark, I’m 17 and go to the Sixth Form in Alsop High down in Walton.

The role of LSCB Young Advisor seemed really attractive to me because I’m interested in the issues that we try to address and am passionate about making change happen – which this job allows us to hopefully do.

I think that one of the best things about the role is when we are able to present our findings from different commissions to a range of different people, who are all prepared to listen to us; when a lot of young people in our City don’t feel that they are  listened to enough. Being able to say that we have breached that gap, and transported the thoughts and opinions of Children and Young People to the people who we believe can make a difference to their lives and ours is a very powerful and emotive thing.

I think that this role has kept me more informed about a wide range of different issues that we tackle alongside meeting like-minded people who have a common interest in making things happen. Never before have I worked as part of a group so productively, where we all have that trust in each other to get the work done and so this has been a very much new experience for me.

Carl

Hi. I'm Carl.

I have been a LSCB Young Advisor since March 2017 and wanted to become a young advisor because I felt that young people's voices were not heard or being listened to in Liverpool and I wanted to be a part of this changing.

I want views and opinions of young people to be valued as much as the views and opinions of adults and want them to be viewed as equal and young people’s views not obscured.

This role has brought to my attention a wide range of different issues young people tackle within the City and along with other LSCB Young Advisors, we can help make a difference.

I also wanted to become a LSCB Young Advisor so I could grow as a person, build my confidence, self-esteem and social skills, which will assist me in the future, particularly within a working environment.

 

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