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Young People's Area

Media

"I'm Walking A Life"

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"Whitney Spoken Word"

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"Young People Performing A Song"

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Experiences

"Be good to be close to family and those supporting you"

"Intelligence is more than School smart"

"Young people aren't out of reach. Services are out of reach"

"I just tried to stay out of trouble, connect with family and friends and get early release"

"The word education isn't a great word"

"Young people need a second chance"

"If someone's got something to lose they will fight to keep it"

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

"Knowing your rights and entitlements means you feel more empowered"

"If I complain, I don't think anything will happen"

"The long term affect is massive, but the decision is based on the judges mood"

"Young people should be involved from the beginning"

Projects & Delivery -
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Projects & Delivery

Our Approach

We take a positive, empathic and strengths-based approach to our relationships with young partners, our core team and partners.

“No decision about me without me” is one of our mantras.

We promote an evidence-based approach, learning from neuroscience and the impact of trauma, developmental psychology and attachment theory.

All aspects of our charity have been developed together, by our core team, young partners and board. From developing our mission and vision, to defining the roles young partners take, to our funding priorities, we make decisions together.

Our programmes

  • Peer Power Experts (Pan-London)

The Peer Power Experts in this programme of work engage with and influence organisations to develop their youth voice involvement practice across the health and justice sectors in London and in a Young Offenders Institute (YOI).

 

  • Young Campaigners

A group of young partners lead their own campaigns and social action projects that are based on their own lived experiences, and their ideas to bring about social change. 

 

  • Act for Change

From ideas developed by young partners and due to the increasing demand for our work, this project has seen us take the first steps in youth- led design and delivery of our new training offer in Principles of Co-production, and in Empathy.

We have further modules planned in 2021, watch this space! Contact joshuaokunlola@peerpower.org.uk for more information on our training offer.

 

  • Peer Power Experts (South East)

The Peer Power Experts in this programme of work engage with and influence organisations to develop their youth voice involvement practice across the health and justice sector in the South East and in two Secure Children’s Homes.

 

  • Peer Power Experts (NHS London Violence Reduction)

Peer Power Experts are part of developing a pan-London meaningful involvement mechanism that will shape and influence how the NHS can support violence reduction and better identify and improve services to support those who are impacted by violence. 

 

  • Peer to Professional

Designed by our young partners, this ongoing programme supports teenagers and young adults with achieving their dreams. Sessions  are varied and include inspirational speakers, networking, using LinkedIin, arts and culture, personal development, and well-being.

 

  • Bespoke involvement projects

Our youth engagement team and young partners engage with a range of partners to support them with their youth involvement activities, projects and research across health, justice, social care and charity sectors.

Please contact sarahwilkinson@peerpower.org.uk if you’d like to discuss any forthcoming opportunities or partnerships with us.

Voice and involvement

“Young people are not out of reach, services are out of reach.” Explained one young partner.

We’re known for our excellence and extensive experience in bringing the voices and insight of children, teenagers and young adults who have experienced services into their design. Together we’re creating change across the health, justice, and social care sectors.

We don’t speak for, or on behalf of, the young partners involved in our charity. We make ensure they’re involved meaningfully in the services that are there to support them, and that their views and experiences are not just listened to, but acted upon by decision makers, and within our charity. 

We are peer-led

Our engagement team has experience of support services, so there is accelerated empathy for and engagement with the children, teenagers and young adults we partner with.

Building Relationships

Nurture

We take a nurturing, loving and caring approach in our relational engagement with all our partners. Through developing and modelling vital emotional and social skills, we can improve communication, self-esteem and wellbeing. 

Empathy

Empathy underpins all our work at Peer Power and we are explicit about it. We teach our model of empathy development with and for our young partners,  and to other people and agencies we work with. 

Storytelling

Storytelling is powerful. It enables connection and understanding between people who have lived very different experiences. However, power can be misused, and storytelling can also expose people to emotional harm. 

Over two years, Peer Power Experts developed a Code of Ethics that lays out what they believe to be ‘ethical’ storytelling and they use this to help others to hear and share their stories safely.

Positive psychology

Our approach is positive, and strengths or ‘asset’ based. We’re about ‘what’s right’ with people, rather than focussing on ‘what’s wrong’.

We focus on the powerful things that people can be and achieve in their lives.  

We use evidence-based positive psychology methodology in our work to support wellbeing and happiness. So we focus on what makes people happy and encourage it.

The approach is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, and cultivate what’s best within themselves.

Psychologically Informed Environment 

Psychologically Informed Environments (‘PIE’), are services and environments where all parts of design and delivery take into account the emotional and psychological needs of people who have experienced significant trauma and adversity in their lives, so that engagement is healing and ‘trauma responsive’.

Getting Involved With Youth Projects