OPPORTUNITY: Substance Use and Harm Prevention Youth Participation Panel

Fast Forward, YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot are delivering four workshop sessions to allow young people to help inform and shape what future engagement of young people around substance use and harm prevention should look like.

Project information

🎂 11 to 26 years old
📅 11th October 2022, 25th October, 8th November and 22nd November 2022
🕰️ 5pm to 7pm
🗺️
Zoom (online)

You will receive a £10 Love2Shop voucher and a Participative Democracy Certificate accreditation for attending.  

About the project

Public Health Scotland are beginning work to build agreement, or consensus, on what substance use (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gases) prevention should look like for children and young people in Scotland. As part of this work, Fast Forward, YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot are delivering four workshop sessions to allow young people to help inform and shape what future engagement of young people around substance use and harm prevention should look like. This activity will help to shape the next steps of Public Health Scotland’s engagement through a process called Delphi. 

About Delphi

A Delphi study involves getting around 50-100 panel members from education, health care, custody settings, national and local government and importantly, young people, to take part in smaller focus groups to understand and agree on statements on a certain topic area, in this instance, it will focus on substance use harm prevention in young people.  

The recorded statements are then turned into a questionnaire that is circulated back to the participants, who are asked to rate each of the questions in the questionnaire.  

The most popular ones are then turned into a second questionnaire and the process is repeated. This will produce a list of statements that reflect an agreement or consensus around the language used in this work going forward.  

Agreeing on how we collectively approach this topic, will help us improve outcomes for children and young people living in Scotland. 

The findings and evidence will be published in June 2023. 

What you'll do as part of the Panel

These digital workshops will be hosted by staff from Fast Forward, YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot and participants will be supported to take part. 

Participants will enhance their team working skills, including communication and negotiation, in addition to increasing their knowledge of substances, substance use, and its harms to individuals, their families and communities. 

This process will take place in 4 meetings over a 3-month period, from September 2022 – November 2022. 

 These sessions will include:   

  • Welcome and Introduction: A chance to find out more about the sessions, the work of Fast Forward, YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot, and Public Health Scotland.  
  • Induction to the Panel: induction as volunteers, skills mapping (what they hope to get out of the experience), overview of the project and introduction to the work/Delphi process 
  • Opportunities to share your views: – what it is and support the young people to share their views. 
  • Development of recommendations and young people’s views of what future engagement needs to look like to be meaningful for young people  
  • Opportunity to deliver the key findings/recommendations from the group to Public Health Scotland and explore implementation of any co-designed solutions/emerging priorities 

 We will share the Zoom links and additional guidelines for attending the session before the day of the workshop. All your personal details will be stored safely and used for the purpose of attending this work according to GDPR and will not be shared.  

 These workshops will take place online. However, we understand getting online can be difficult, so please still sign up if you have limited access as we can support you with alternative arrangements.    

 Please note, that adults or professionals can only attend to support a young person. If you would like to find out more about the #YSHive service and volunteering, please visit our F.A.Q's, or contact us at the email address below.  

Sign up

If you would like to be part of the Substance Use and Harm Prevention Youth Participation Panel, then you can click the button below or apply online via Alchemer.

Apply for the Substance Use and Harm Prevention Youth Participation Panel

This application form is also available as a word document upon request and we will also accept verbal applications made using video or voice recording over the phone. We’re happy to make reasonable adjustments and provide other additional support to help you apply. Please contact YSHive@young.scot to arrange this.

The deadline to sign up is midday, Friday 23rd September.

Questions? 

Email us at YSHive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about this project - we're happy to help! 

More information 

We'll ensure this session is a safe and trusted place for you to participate. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 

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