Our Young Commissioners are part of the Citizens Commissioning programme.
Who we are
We are the Young Commissioners of Sutton! We’re the voice of young people, a voice helping to shape effective services, policies, learning, and developing activities in priority areas concerning the community. We are a diverse group made up of people from different backgrounds and different schools across the borough striving together towards a common goal: to meet the needs of young people , essential yet so unrepresented. This includes needs across and involving ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic background, and the many other elements of your identity that help to make you... You!
We work with several groups including the Sutton Children in Care Council dedicated to those in foster care and even the Sutton Council themselves. What makes the Young Commissioners special is that we are led by young people, made by young people, for young people. Your perspective is very important because decisions being made will impact you, your family and your friends. For us, when it comes to important decisions, age is no object-- we would love to spread this idea!
What we do
The Young Commissioners participate in the commissioning of public services. For instance, we are often invited to participate in activities related to helping Sutton Council making decisions by providing a youth perspective when picking service providers, identifying local community needs, coming up with solutions for local problems, and evaluating public services.
We hold meetings regularly at the Volunteer Centre Sutton to discuss current plans and network with guests from various institutions and expertise like Commissioners, NHS professionals, local charities, Councillors and other youth groups. And of course eat some snacks while we’re at it!
We organise events to engage with people in our community and break down barriers.
The decisions we are helping to make apply to all aspects of our community, not just those concerning young people.
How to get involved
If you are a young person aged 12-18 years (or up to 25 if you have additional needs or are a care leaver), living or studying in the London Borough of Sutton, who wants to make a difference and get involved with your community, join us!
To join our group, you can email our coordinator to introduce yourself and ask any questions about the group or just turn up to one of our meetings!