CHILYPEP’s Inclusion Project was set up to encourage young people from across the city to get involved in making things better and fairer for those young people who are often excluded, marginalized or discriminated against. The project aimed to set up action groups of young people who cared about the issues faced by groups such as: young people who may be asylum seekers or refugees, young people with disabilities, young people who have experience of care, young people who may be lesbian/gay/bisexual or transgender and young people from black and minority ethnic communities.
The Action Groups supported the young people involved to:
- Represent young people in Sheffield
- Help other young people
- Learn new skills
- Have fun
- Set up their own projects
- Make Sheffield a better place to live
- Make people listen to them
- Get qualifications for the work they do
- Make important decisions
- Make a difference in Sheffield
- Make new friends
- Take action on the things that matter to them
- Find out what is important to other young people
- Go on trips or activities together.
Examples of our inclusion work included:
- Working with young Black and Minority Ethnic women to look at issues for girls within their communities and develop their own projects and management committee
- Working with disabled young people to identify common issues, develop an awareness training programme for them to deliver to adults, and supporting them to meet with and share their views with local decision makers and politicians
Unfortunately our inclusion projects ceased following loss of funding in 2010. We maintain a committment to inclusion across our current projects, and continue to highlight the needs of those who are particularly marginalized, excluded or discriminated against through all our projects.