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Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people were involved in the determination of the content of each myplace application. (261838)

All “myplace” projects have demonstrated that young people, particularly disadvantaged young people, have been and will be active participants in the design, development and management of the new facility.

The Big Lottery Fund reports that it would be a disproportionate cost to provide specific information about how many young people were involved in consultations on each of “myplace” projects; the dates the consultations took place; and how many young people are directly involved in the management of each of the projects.

The Big Lottery Fund is able to report that “myplace” projects have engaged thousands of young people across the country through a variety of methods including local Youth Parliaments, councils or neighbourhood forums; through open consultation events, surveys and focus groups; and through their attendance at existing projects.

“myplace” projects have also demonstrated that young people will continue to influence directly the ongoing management of the new facility. Proposed approaches include the use of youth forums, young people sitting directly on management committees, establishing shadow youth boards, appointing a young person as the project’s assistant director, and passing the governance of the whole project over to young people through the creation of a youth-led trust.