Chilypep is a nationally registered charity and company limited by guarantee, based in Sheffield where the majority of our work has taken place. We have worked in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Sheffield and with some of the most excluded groups of children and young people, supporting them to make a positive contribution to their communities and neighbourhoods. Our models, tools and training techniques have been recognised by national government and the National Youth Agency in published good practice guidance, and in external local and national evaluations.

We take a holistic approach to working with children and young people.

Our evidenced based practice demonstrates how empowering children and young people to have ongoing involvement in decision making at an individual, collective and political level improves their emotional well being and mental health, and personal and social development and relationships, as well as their educational attainment and achievement, their aspirations and ambitions, life skills and employability.

Empowerment for children and young people is the outcome of our work, brought about by developing models of participation and involvement. The result is that they are able to voice their ideas, views and opinions, and engage with decision makers to work in partnership to bring about change. Our aim is to ensure their voices are heard and acted upon by those who make decision that affect their lives. Through their work with us, young people are equipped with the skills and tools they need to develop their own solutions to issues, becoming activists within their communities and positive role models for others.

Grass roots work with children and young people, in their neighbourhoods or interest groups, is one of our main priorities, as this is their starting point. What happens in their street or neighbourhood, or their common experiences as part of a specific group, are the things that young people can readily identify as having an impact on their lives. By working with them to improve their local environment or situation, they are able to see how their involvement can make a direct impact. This builds their capacity and confidence to engage in wider agendas and helps them to understand how local or personal issues link to wider political and decision making structures.

If you would like to learn more about how we could work with you to increase children and young people’s participation within your field, please contact the Managing Director on 0114 234 8846 or email lesley.pollard@chilypep.org.uk