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No. Item


Closed Youth Council Development Session

A closed development session will take place between 5.30pm and 6.30pm in the Committee Room.



Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Jack Crawford, Florence Orchard and Jane Ansell.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 113 KB




To approve the minutes as a correct record.


Guest Speaker- Andrew Dowling of the Gedling Sports Partnership


Andrew Dowling of the Gedling Sports Partnership attended and discussed his work with the Youth Council. Youth Councillors asked Andrew a number of questions about him and the Gedling Sports Partnership.


Andrew had an extensive background working in sport in Gedling, most recently within Gedling schools. Having previously worked within the Council as a sport development officer, he informed Youth Councillors that he had found that accessing funding was difficult and, therefore, had decided to create an independent charity, which now employs 15 people, working not in schools, but also in communities in Gedling. The charity regularly talks to Councillors about ways of extending activities and developing ideas to benefit young people in Gedling.


The Gedling Sports Partnership is a charity that works with a team of young sports leaders from Gedling. Their work includes working with local communities in Gedling and setting up leadership training and contests in schools, focusing on what children want in the community. The charity also delivers leadership skills to increase standards for employment and works alongside other organisations, such as children’s services, to provide children with a safe environment to eat and play as an alternative to being on the streets.


The Gedling Sports Partnership works with Gedling Borough Council’s locality coordinators in certain areas, such as youth intervention in Newstead. The partnership work to help young people who need help with issues related to health, sport and employability.


The Gedling Sports Partnership has plans and ideas for the provision of alternative sports, such as Frisbee and dodgeball, on green areas around the Borough, but due to lack of budget it is difficult to take these forward. Andrew explained that the charity need assistance with fundraising and was hopeful that Youth Councillors would be interested in getting involved in the organisation and providing insight into the needs of young people in the Borough.


The charity has applied for grant funding to enable them to create a platform to allow people to access information about activities that are available in the area and would like to undertake some work to focus on women and girls becoming more actively involved in sport.


The charity has been tasked by the government to introduce sport through competition and has performance standards in place to address leadership, involvement and access to sport for disabled people. The charity targets children through schools and through their work in the community to ensure that their work is inclusive.


The charity also provides events in schools, such as holiday camps, and receive funding and assistance via the Council.


There was a feeling that there was a need to work harder to engage young people outside of school and that there should be a focus on employability in schools, not just aiming at exams. Youth Councillors discussed the need to help people who are not academic and the idea of targeting student groups to accommodate wider needs and address potential volunteering and training opportunities in areas that are not widely known about.


Andrew asked  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.


Communications and Public Relations- nomination of a Youth Council Lead.


Youth Councillors discussed the benefits of having a designated lead for communication on the Youth Council and potentially future project work, such at the YouNG website project that is being undertaken in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council as well as a potential Gedling Youth Council webpage.


Natalie volunteered to undertake the role.




That Natalie would lead on communications for the Youth Council.


2015/16 Confirmed Cycle of Youth Council and Theme Group Meetings


The schedule of meetings was agreed and Youth Councillors noted the change to the time of the meetings.


All Youth Councillors were provided with a copy of the meeting schedule.


Theme Group Reports


It was reported that Julie Beresford, Economic Development Officer at Gedling Borough Council, would be attending the next meeting of the Careers work group.


Any Other Business


Pav discussed the 4UTH awards and the potential nomination of the Youth Councillors. Pav asked that they encourage parents, teachers and coaches to make nominations for the awards.


The Young People’s Board is currently looking for a Vice-Chair and Youth Council guest, Josie, has sent a personal statement which will be voted on.


In the recent Borough elections, Labour retained control of the Council. A meeting of Council will decide on Cabinet and advisors shortly. Youth Councillors were informed that an advisor for Young People might be appointed.


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