Swale Young People is pleased to announce that the 2nd Swale Youth Conference will be partly funded by the #iwill fund, which itself is funded by £20 million of investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
Swale Youth Conference is Kent's only youth sector conference, and is planned and delivered by young people from across the Swale Borough. On the day, a range of professionals and young people will be in attendance, as well as delivering debates and sessions.
The 2018 conference comes after the success of our debut conference in January, held at Kent Science Park and sponsored by U+I PLC. Speakers included Gordon Henderson MP, Jack Parsons, CEO at Yourfeed, Laura-Jane Rawlings of Youth Employment UK and Patrick Cantellow, 18-year-old CEO of Swale Young People.
Speaking at the last conference Sarah Palmer from Fulston Manor School said, "It really was a fantastic day and your panellists were superb."
Dave Boulding, SATEDA, said "The topics covered were fascinating and the discussions highlighted some really thought provoking and helpful stuff, especially when it came from the young person's point of view".
Patrick Cantellow, CEO of Swale Young People said, "Wow! It's an honour for our conference to be partiality funded by the #iwill fund, as an Ambassador for the campaign I have the opportunity to present the double benefit of social action, which develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for."
New for 2018, Swale Youth Conference will be introducing themed tracks, more sessions and a track just for young people. Also new is the Swale Youth Conference app, available for iPhone and in the Play Store, will includes live updates, delegate to delegate private messaging, schedules and more.
Lastly, Swale Young People would like to pass on a huge thanks to James and the team at Kent Community Foundation who has helped us achieve this funding.
If you've been following us on social media or having been chatting with the team lately, you will know that today has been anticipated for a few weeks now.
Since 2015, we have been working with young people to develop their employability skills and gain experience. According to Theresa May we're changing lives and our supporter numbers have been growing.
We decided we needed a refresh. We're a modern, progressive and digital organisation. Our new look reflects that.
You've seen the new look, but we've also undergone a huge refresh in the projects we offer, getting rid of some, and refreshing existing ones.
Young Ambassador Network welcomes The Youth Voice Award
All our Young Ambassadors present and future will now be enrolled in The Youth Voice Award. This is an ASDAN accredited certificate that recognises the hard work that young people undertake when volunteering and representing others. The majority of opportunities we present to young people is about sharing opinions, making a difference and changing the negative stereotype of young people - The Youth Voice Award, led by the British Youth Council (BYC), works hand in hand in the work we do.
It also welcomes Facebook Workplace
As part of our journey to develop young voices and allowing them to collaborate with not just young people, but other NGO's and businesses, we're introducing Facebook Workplace. As a digital organisation, we need a platform that is familiar to young people yet super powerful. We've found that with Facebook Workplace. It's completely separate to any other Facebook account you may have, and instead of Facebook's logo, you see our swanky new one. Over time, as Workplace matures both in our use of it, as well as it's features, we believe we will be leaders in digital youth voice.
Increased emphasis on World Community Grid
This has always been one of our small projects that now deserves more attention. If your young person can't volunteer, or your no longer what we class as 'young' then this is still a perfect way to get involved. Let your computer volunteer! World Community Grid (WCG) is a smart piece of software that can be installed on Windows, Mac, Linux or Android, and runs simulations of DNA, genomes, medications and more. It's one massive collaborative super computer that scientests and universities across the world call upon to find potential treatments for Cancer, TB, AIDS, Ebola and much more.
SYP Lotto Club
In order to raise vital funds for Swale Young People, as well as having some fun, we've introduced our very own lotto club. For just £3 a month, a guaranteed winner is in for a chance to win 50% of the monthly income from the lotto.
We're in love with our new look so much - we're sticking it on clothing and other merchandise. Get 50% off on any order above £20 using the code LAUNCH50 - valid until Friday!
We are calling on local people to help Swale Young People gain extra funding through Localgiving’s Small Charity Week Match Fund!
Your donations are vital to allow us to run an organisation that gives young people a voice. Empowering them through opportunities and events!
The campaign starts at 10AM on the 22nd June and will run until the fund runs out, or 23:59 on the same day – whichever comes first. During the campaign, one-time donations will be matched pound-for-pound up to £25.
Donate from 10AM on Thursday 22ndYou can also add Gift Aid, meaning Swale Young People will receive a huge £56.25!
Each year Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector – of the invaluable contribution that these groups make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.
Patrick Cantellow, CEO at Swale Young People said:
“We are appealing for donations to push forward our innovative and digitally led work. The Small Charity Week Match Fund is an exciting campaign and a fantastic opportunity for us to kick start our summer fundraising. Even the smallest donation makes a difference. Just £10 funds expenses for a local young person to access an opportunity. On Thursday, your £10 donation will allow for two young people to access opportunities. If we was to raise £250 on Thursday – our annual Swale Youth Conference will benefit.”
Stephen Mallinson, Chief Executive of Localgiving said:
“Local charities are at the forefront of every community, offering vital services and helping the most vulnerable people in society. Localgiving hopes that through the Small Charity Week Match Fund Campaign, more people are able to connect with their local charities and community groups.”
In the election week, we held not one, but two general election debates between prospective Parliamentary candidates.
They were a huge success, with many young people in attendance and over 400 people watching via Facebook live.
5th June – Sittingbourne & Sheppey
Clockwise from top left. Lee McCall (Independent), Mike Baldock (Independent), Patrick Cantellow (Swale Young People), Mad Mike Young (The Monster Raving Loony Party), Mike Rolfe (Labour), Mark Lindop (Greens), Demi Bailey (Swale Young People), Mike Whiting (Representative for the Conservative Party), Keith Nevols (Liberal Democrats)
All parties were represented at our first debate, in New House Youth Centre, with candidates debating on topics including LGBT+, mental health services, excessive housing and the NHS. The debate was chaired excellently by Demi Bailey, a Young Ambassador for Swale Young People. Demi and Swale Young People was commended on it’s planning and fair platform.
You can catch part of the debate on our live video:
6th June - Faversham & Mid Kent
Our 2nd debate was for the Faversham & Mid Kent constituency. Candidates were grilled by a large audience on the environmental issues, public security, votes at 16 and Donald Trump!
You can catch part of the debate on our live video:
It’s Volunteer’s Week – starting this week, we’ll be sharing blogs about volunteering stories in a series called ‘Volunteering Insight’. The aim is to share with the world what it’s like volunteering at organisations as a young person.
The first in this series is about Youth Employment UK, and what it’s like being a volunteer ambassador for this fantastic organisation, from myself, Patrick Cantellow.
Youth Employment UK (YEUK) was set up to support all of those working in the youth employment sector, including young people. They’ve got a name for themselves amongst Parliament to SME’s to large corporations, for delivering impactful work with young people at the centre.
In Year 11, I found myself often complaining about the education system and careers education. Me being me, and my passion for making a change, I decided to do something about it.
I found out about the roles at Youth Employment UK via Twitter. It looked like a great platform to showcase my opinion, as well as a chance to network with young adults in apprenticeships and universities.
My first event with Youth Employment UK was the Youth Friendly Employer Conference 2015 in London. It gave me a great understanding in the employment sector, and how schemes such as Apprentices work. Although I didn’t know any of the team and other Ambassadors, we clicked well, and before I knew it, I was roped into delivering a session about reaching out to young people.
The event and knowledge I gained opened my eyes about other potential routes other than the “social norm” of a university. So much so, that it played a huge part in my pursuing an apprenticeship in marketing a year later.
Youth Employment UK is the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Employment. Meaning once a month, Youth Employment UK, it’s partners, ministers, civil servants and of course young people, have a chance to speak in the place that makes the decisions. I find these are great meetings to go along to, and they are open to the public, so I thoroughly recommend you come along.
What is worth mentioning is how Laura-Jane Rawlings, the Founder & CEO of Youth Employment UK, actively says no to speaking opportunities and offers it to her ambassadors instead. I’ve been luckily enough to speak at conferences and join them on a trip to Poland to talk at the European Congress all because of LJ and her team’s down to earth ethos.
Youth Employment UK also provides training for their ambassadors to learn more about the youth employment sector, and are currently working on a plan to get us ambassadors working in our local communities.
Overall, volunteering with Youth Employment UK has, and will continue to be, an outstanding experience that I highly recommend others to get involved in.