10,000 voices

10,000 Voices to be heard from young people in region

The findings from the largest ever collation of young people’s views about the social and physical aspects of living in Dumfries and Galloway will go public at the end of this month.

Last year, Dumfries and Galloway Council, in collaboration with a number of third sector organisations, delivered a highly successful programme of events and experiences for young people as part of 2018 Year of Young People.

The main outcome of the year was to create more opportunities for young people to get involved in local and national decision making, while celebrating their amazing talents and achievements and showcasing the best of what the region has to offer.

The council listened to over 10,000 individual young people through a consultation process that gathered data that will provide professionals with an insight into young people’s views and priorities, enabling them to target resources to the right place, at the right time.

“10,000 Voices” ran in Dumfries and Galloway for the duration of 2018, with all participants aged between 10 and 25. The study will show the views of 46.9 per cent of all young people living, working and studying in Dumfries and Galloway, making it the largest collection of young people’s views in Scotland for a single local authority area.

The concept was developed using the Scottish Government’s Place Standards tool. The tool lets communities, public agencies, voluntary groups and other organisations find the specific aspects of a place that need to be targeted in order to improve people’s health, quality of life and well-being.

The tool provides a simple framework in order to structure conversations about places and communities. It allows the council to follow a questionnaire format, and to think about and assess the appropriate issues.

Basing the format of research on the Place Standards Tool, the questions within 10,000 Voices were based on the two strands: the physical environment – the buildings, streets, public spaces and natural spaces that make up a place; and the social environment – the relationships, social contact and support networks that make up a community.

Results have been plotted on diagrams for each ward area and feature throughout the final document.

A presentation event will be held on Tuesday April 30, at 2pm-3.30pm in The Bridge, Dumfries, where the findings of the 10,000 Voices Consultation will be shared and the opportunities for organisations to use the findings when planning future services for young people.

The launch is aimed at frontline staff working with young people, schools staff, community groups, Elected Members , senior officials and young people.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to yoyp2018@dumgal.gov.uk by Tuesday April 23.