Would you or someone you know like to become a Young Commissioner? A key area where young people can make a real difference is decision making and by giving young people a voice and an opportunity to shape our services our offer will improve. The Young Commissioner programme will help support Doncaster's vision, and ensure young people get involved.
The Young Commissioner Programme
Involving young people in decision making is vital, we have therefore launched a Young Commissioners programme which enables children and young people to be actively involved in all aspects of the commissioning process, following the commissioning cycle.
Young Commissioners, next steps
Would you like to be a Young Commissioner, or know someone who would? Please let us know, our team is here to support.
Training is available and when completed, young people are introduced to the Participation and Engagement team, at this point they are invited to attend training where appropriate and very much like the Youth Council, sit within their team as a bank of young people ready to take on commissioning duties. When an opportunity arises, the Participation team are contacted and they will in turn facilitate the Young Commissioners engagement in the requested task. This may involve for example moderation, consultation or interviews.
Our Young Commissioners are supported to complete an accreditation as part of the volunteering hours they are doing to add extra value. Regular communication with school is also undertaken, as not to impact on the young persons education.
Following a successful pilot project, 15 Young Commissioners were trained initially, 4 of which became Young Advisers. One was successful in gaining a Shine Award and another was successful in recognition within the Free Press regarding an award he won through a nomination from school for his continued contribution. We have also trained young people from Parents Voice with additional needs who could support with Short Break moderation and young people within alternative provision.
Our current Young Commissioners were involved with the full commissioning cycle of the Borough's summer Holiday and Food Programme (HAF). Check out their video below to find out more about what they did:
- Ensure that the voice of children/young people is heard and acted upon at meetings, including board meetings.
- Provide a service users perspective, including having input in making the decision on which organisations will be awarded contracts/grants and play a valuable ongoing role by attending regular meetings with key staff to share findings and to allow the Young Commissioners to discuss and contribute actively to those findings including quality assurance of services and designing of new services.
Contact for general information and enquiries:
Do you know any young people who would like to become a volunteer Young Commissioner? Do you require a Young Commissioner to support with your project? Does your service need to become more youth friendly? Contact: YourVoice@doncaster.gov.uk
- Young Commissioners project book with added pages
- Download (35.4MB - PDF)
- Young Commissioner poster print ready v3-1
- Download (27.9MB - PDF)
- YP Request Form - New with logo-1
- Download (40KB - DOCX)