Coming together - the importance of children and young people connecting

Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 - 16:00 to 18:00

The VOICES project is working with over 1,000 young people across the North East to understand the needs of children and young people aged 5–18 living in poverty in and through the pandemic. Young people are telling them that what they have missed most over the past year has been the opportunity to spend time with friends and wider family and to engage in a variety of activities. VOICES is working with Culture Bridge North East and partner organisations across the North East to respond to this and ask what can be done now to support children and young people? 

VOICES is managed and delivered by Children North East and Newcastle University and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) rapid response to Covid-19. The project uses a co-production approach to find out what children and young people’s lives are like now and communicate this to policy leaders and practitioners. The core focus on children and young people’s own views is supported by interviews with practitioners working in schools and community groups and with policy leaders. 

This webinar will present findings from VOICES about what children and young people are telling them and discuss the ways in which they are working with schools, organisations and policy makers to enact change. Culture Bridge will talk about their work connecting cultural organisations and the education sector so that children and young people can have access to great arts and cultural opportunities throughout the North East and you will hear from practitioners working in schools, arts and culture, and play and youth work who have continued working with children and young people throughout the pandemic and found ways for young people to connect. There will be dedicated time to discuss these findings and their applicability in your own context in small break out groups, as well as a sharing of discussions and final comments from presenters. 

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