Webinar: Involving young people in our coronavirus recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic plunged the whole country into an unprecedented crisis – but youth advice and counselling services adapted impressively to continue supporting young people through the outbreak. As we emerge from coronavirus lockdown, it’s vital that we continue to innovate, and use the opportunity to transform the mental health system into one that meets young people’s needs and respects their rights.


As the national membership organisation for youth information, advice and counselling services, Youth Access is working to support members with the raft of challenges they face as we build for a post-lockdown future – and ensure that young people’s human rights are at the heart of our sector’s coronavirus recovery.


As part of this work, we are organising a new series of webinars to bring together Youth Access members and provide a forum to discuss challenges, share ideas and practices and find opportunities to work together on collective resources and campaigns.


The second webinar in the series will bring together frontline practitioners and participation leads at Youth Access member organisations to look at ways to involve young people in service design and delivery as we emerge from coronavirus lockdown.


Who is the webinar for?


This webinar has been organised for frontline practitioners and participation leads at Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS). The webinar is exclusive to practitioners at Youth Access member organisations. Find out how your organisation can become a member here.


Please note that in order to ensure that as many diverse perspectives as possible are represented at the webinar, there is a limit of one participant per organisation.


What will the webinar cover?


In the webinar we will look at questions like:

  • What models of participation can we use to ensure that young people are at the centre of our recovery from coronavirus?

  • What practices can we use that enable a "blended" model of participation work that combines remote and in-person activities?

  • How can we bring the voices of young people to decision-makers to ensure they are listened to and valued?

  • What digital tools can help us with remote participation work?

Participants will have an opportunity before the webinar to shape the agenda and let us know which of these questions is most important to them.


The webinar will be a participatory space where each participant will have the opportunity to share their experiences, challenges and solutions. The webinar will contribute towards creating a Community of Practice, supporting members through a variety of challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis.


Sign up for the webinar