Involving young people in decision making: Takeover Challenge 2016

Posted by / Friday 18 November 2016 / Young people

On Friday 18th November, we hosted a Takeover Challenge at our Central London office. It's a programme led by the Children’s Commissioner for England. Organisations and businesses across the country open their doors to children and young people and they 'take over' adult roles. In 2015, over 45,000 children took part in the day. 

We know the value in listening to our young people. We involve them in our strategic thinking to keep them at the heartbeat of everything we do.

Glesni, Jordan and Beth are all part of our Young Ambassador scheme. This offers young people who have been supported through our services a chance to give back. They give us their first-hand knowledge so we can improve our work; e.g. they help us interview staff and speak at our Trustee meetings. We give them training in public speaking and how to work with the media.


17 year old Glesni is a young carer from North Wales. She's been an ambassador for a year. 

She spent time with our Managing Director of Operations, Carol Iddon. They discussed staffing matters in our services across the country. 


Jordan is 17 years old and lives independently. He used to go to one of our youth services in Yorkshire.

He ran away from home after experiencing domestic violence and had to deal with a period of homelessness.   

Jordan was paired with our Chief Executive, Tony Hawkhead, to work on a letter to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. She is our Patron and Tony regularly writes to her so that she is kept up to date with our work. 



Beth, who is 19 years old, is also from Yorkshire and attended one of our youth services. We've helped and supported her emotionally. She's been an ambassador for 2 years and spoke to MPs at one of our events in the Houses of Parliament.

Beth sat down with Kath Mills, our Managing Director of Fundraising, Communications and Policy, to review our 2017 marketing materials. 

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