Youth Project Manager
Date: 25 June 2020 Author: Energise Me
A core value of the Satellite Clubs programme is co-production. Youth Project Manager, Emma, talks about what this means, and some ways you can co-produce clubs with young people.
Simply put, co-production is the practice of designing services and interventions for people, with those people. It utilises the lived experiences and the knowledge and skills of the very people you are setting out to try to help. Whether this is having young people on your trustee board, consulting with patients about new healthcare services, or involving people of different backgrounds in community development. The Social Care Institute for Excellence has lots of examples of co-production in practice.
In a physical activity setting, co-production might look like:
Co-production can be big or small, but the one thing it should never be is tokenistic.
As a coach or youth worker, it can be difficult to open ourselves up to true co-production. So often we become weighed down with the reasons why it might not work. Why it is challenging. Why things “have to be” the way they are. And it is very common, when we are getting used to co-producing and co-designing services, to engage young people superficially or because we think we should.
If you are involving young people in your work, ask yourself: what are they getting out of this experience? What am I learning from them? How will I act on that learning? And be open with the young people about what you can and cannot do. Their input might affect the time or day of a session, but you might not be able to move location, for example.
Remember: if services and offers are co-designed with young people, those young people will be far more willing to engage and will likely show better outcomes.
As we progress in our mission to tackle inactivity, the team at Energise Me consult with a wide range of partners, including young people. It is our job to ensure that the Satellite Clubs offer is meeting the wants and needs of young people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We also ask our Satellite Club partners to ensure their clubs are customer-led. With young people heavily involved in decisions and design. The ideal Satellite Club would involve young people from inception, right through to the end of the funding period, and beyond!
Some tips on co-production of Satellite Clubs: