'YES Planning' was established in 2013 in the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape. The project emerged following student research that identified a clear need to encourage young people to take an interest in their local environment and to have a voice on how those areas should be planned in the future. Whilst many young people are interested in finding out more about planning, there is little engagement between the planning system and young people. YES (Youth Engagement Service) Planning takes planning and local planning issues to the classroom to raise young people's awareness of the possibilities for influencing how planning shapes local environments. The project is looking for new volunteers to join our existing, dedicated group. Volunteers should be interested in the environment, showing some knowledge, but not necessarily any level of expertise of current environmental issues such as, climate change, sustainable transport, housing need, etc. They should be open to learning more around these issues and to listening and responding to young people's views. Specialist IT skills such as GIS, Photoshop or SketchUp would also be desirable. No experience of working with young people is needed, but a desire to listen and to be empathetic in discussions with young people is essential. Volunteers will be rewarded with a great sense of camaraderie, working alongside planning students, as well as one of purpose from the key messages of environmental guardianship that we foster. Workshops provide rewarding, informative and often fun environments in which to reflect on our own values as well as those of the next generation.
- Area of InterestCampaigning, Children and Young People, Health and Social Care, Local Community
- Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects