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Youth Voice Bucks is managed by a team in Buckinghamshire Council.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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What we do

Youth Voice Bucks has been created by Buckinghamshire Council.
It brings together opportunities for young people to have their say, information for professionals, and examples of good participation work.
Our mission for young people is clear: we will listen to you, act on your views and then tell you what difference you have made.

Who we are

Youth Voice Bucks has a core staff team that work for Buckinghamshire Council.

Krissie – Youth Participation Coordinator
Louise – Team Leader, Specialist Participation Team
Sam – Youth Participation Worker (Young people with SEND)
Angel – Youth Participation Worker (Care-experienced young people) 

The team works with other professionals in Buckinghamshire Council and partner organisations to create, deliver, and join up opportunities for young people to share their voice.

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Louise
It’s my job to manage the small team of youth participation workers at the Council who work with care-experienced children and young people and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I want to make sure we give as many children and young people as possible fun opportunities to have their opinions heard and the chance to be part of improving services and support for all children and young people.
I love walking and cuddles with my dog Toffee!

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Angel
As a youth worker, I make sure that your thoughts, feeling, and opinions are heard and that you get a chance to be part of improving services and support for all children and young people. I want to make sure that as many children and young people as possible feel cared for, supported, and empowered throughout their lives journey. I run fun day trips out and group activities.
I love listening to music and drinking iced coffee!

 


Sam
My role is leading on our Shout Out for SEND programme. It’s my job to make sure that all young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are heard at the council, and I love my job! In Shout Out for SEND we run monthly groups for all young people (aged 12-25) with SEND, so if you’re interested in having your voice heard please reach out to me!
In my spare time, my favourite things to do are playing sports, travelling and watching stand-up comedy.

 

The Youth Participation Strategy

In May 2022, Buckinghamshire Council launched its first Youth Participation Strategy.

You can read the Youth Participation Strategy by clicking on the buttons below. There is a main version and a version for young people.

View the Youth Participation Strategy

View the Young People’s Version of the Youth Participation Strategy

The mission of the strategy is for everyone working with young people in Buckinghamshire to listen, act and respond to young people’s views.

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Listen

We will listen to your views, making sure we offer inclusive and creative opportunities.

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Act

We will act on your feedback and ideas to make sure the opportunities, services and support we offer work for young people.

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Respond

We will respond to your views and be transparent about what we have done as a result.

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We commit to offering you participation and involvement opportunities as part of a continual process, not just a one-off event. 

Our 3 rules of engagement

Youth Voice Bucks and the Youth Participation Strategy set out 3 rules of engagement for professionals to follow.
The 3 rules
 ensure we engage with young people ethically and authentically. 

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Rule 1

We will not ask you to do something we would not do ourselves. 

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Rule 2

When we ask you to help develop services, we give you tools and skills to make sure you can do so to the best of your ability.

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Rule 3

We only engage with you when we have a clear plan about how we will listen to you, act on what you have told us, and then tell you what difference you have made.  

The Youth Voice Champions

The Youth Voice Bucks team works very closely with the Youth Voice Champions.

Youth Voice Champions are colleagues from the Council and other organisations who lead on youth participation for their teams. They find opportunities for young people to help make things better and commit to offering these opportunities to young people. You can find out more by visiting our page on the Youth Voice Champions.

Youth Voice Champions

Our statement of purpose

We want you to share your views, ideas and thoughts with us because we believe that your voices will help us make Buckinghamshire the best place for young people to live. We are committed to creating and coordinating opportunities for you to have your say that are fun, well-organised, and meaningful. 

Our vision is that ‘all young people can realise their potential, whatever their starting point is’. When we say all young people, we really mean it. If you have a disability, need more support with your education, or are experiencing any kind of difficulty, we aim to offer you inclusive opportunities and support so you can have your voice heard.  

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