The VRP launched its community engagement ‘Dialogue’ site in November 2020. The site helps to crowdsource ideas from all members of the public, which inform action plans with residents, making these ideas a reality.
“Dialogue will allow a safe space for Merseyside residents of all ages to voice their concerns, issues and solutions,” says Susan Cowell, Merseyside VRP’s Youth and Community Engagement lead.
“Our first dialogue provides the opportunity for residents to share their thoughts and feelings around staying safe where they live. We will use Dialogue to kickstart other topical conversations, as well as open access pages. We hope this will prove a valuable resource for community partners to enable an interactive exchange of ideas and feedback, which will create a direct link between residents and policy/decision makers.”
We have seen how the pandemic has galvanised social action around issues of food poverty and social isolation. However, we have also heard from young people who feel excluded from decision-making about services and support available to help them achieve their aspirations in this difficult time. Dialogue is one of many methods which can help the VRP to better engage young people’s voices about what sort of support is needed – and where. By listening, the VRP can act early to provide the most appropriate support to prevent exposure to adversity and trauma and increase local opportunities for this and the next generation.
Get in touch if you’d like to discuss how you can use Dialogue with the young people you work with to enhance their voice in your own support.
Our top priorities are to…
- Ensure that the VRP is capturing and sharing best practice in the community and through young people’s participation across VRP-funded projects.
- Commission the first pan-Merseyside youth-led research project to ensure the VRP understands what young people want to see happen to prevent serious violence and CCE where they live.
- Strive for the adoption of the principles of the rights of the child across the partnership.
- Ensure that young people and Merseyside residents are central to the narrative of the VRP.