APPLYING TO BECOME A WELSH YOUTH PARLIAMENT PARTNER ORGANISATION
THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES WILL BE ESTABLISHING A WELSH YOUTH PARLIAMENT (WYP) IN 2018, MADE UP OF 60 WELSH YOUTH PARLIAMENT MEMBERS (WYPM).
It will give Wales’ young people between 11 and 18 a completely new way to make themselves heard at a national level. It will empower them to raise awareness of, and debate the issues important to young people in Wales.
20 of the 60 WYPMs will be returned by partner organisations to ensure the representation of diverse groups of young people.
This is your opportunity to become an official WYP partner.
HOW ARE MEMBERS ELECTED, AND WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER, VOTE, AND STAND FOR ELECTION?
60 WYPM WILL REPRESENT THE WYP, 40 OF WHICH WILL BE ELECTED FIRST PAST THE POST, THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM IN EACH OF THE 40 ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCIES IN WALES. 20 WILL BE RETURNED BY OFFICIAL WYP PARTNER ORGANISATIONS TO ENSURE THE REPRESENTATION OF DIVERSE GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE.
Any young person that lives, or receives their education in Wales, and is aged between 11 to 17 on the final day of the WYP election (the 25th of November 2018), will be able to stand as a candidate for one of the 40 constituency seats.
The remaining 20 WYPMs will be returned by official WYP partner organisations. 10 organisations will be selected following an application process and each organisation will return two young people who are eligible to stand as Welsh Youth Parliament Members.
Those young people who are eligible to stand at the WYP election are able to stand as a candidate for one of the 40 constituency seats, and as one of the young people returned by an official WYP partner organisation at the same time.
If a young person gains the most amount of votes for one of the 40 constituency seats, and is the preferred candidate returned by an official WYP partner organisation, the choice will lie with the young person as to which seat they choose to occupy, and which is relinquished.
The relinquished seat will either be allocated to the young person who obtained the second highest number of votes in that constituency, or to the official WYP partner organisation who will then return another young person.
Organisations who are only able to return one young person are still encouraged to make an application and will be considered. Where possible we would also ask organisations to provide a reserve candidate.
All 60 WYPMs will have equal status with the same role and responsibilities, participating in a range of activities including meetings and engagement events across four local areas (North Wales, Mid Wales, South East Wales and South West Wales) to facilitate opportunities for young people to engage directly with WYPMs.
More detail regarding the application process and the criteria set is provided later.
Our hope is that every WYPM is returned as a result of an election process.
We would request that official WYP partner organisations returning WYPMS do so following an election process (the model for election is at the discretion of the official WYP partner organisation, and may involve internal elections where the organisation’s membership votes on a preferred candidate).
We intend on publishing the results of the WYP election on our website.
WHAT DOES BECOMING A PARTNER INVOLVE?
BY BECOMING AN OFFICIAL WYP PARTNER, YOU WILL:
- Provide the young people that you work with an opportunity to become one of the first WYPMs
- Make the necessary arrangements to elect and return two young people who are eligible to become WYPMs to the WYP. Needed by the 25th of November 2018.
- Help provide the young person(s) you return with opportunities to:
- Work with the WYP, WYPMs, and other young people across Wales
- Access a range of training, and develop skills and experiences that will benefit them in later life
- Provide advice and guidance to the young person(s) you’ve returned to be a WYPM including preparation for events and meetings
- Help promote WYP activity
- Help ensure that WYP is represented by diverse groups of young people
- Attend meetings and events when needed
- Support the WYPM you return to engage and involve other young people in their work
- Make a commitment to be an official WYP partner for the duration of the two year WYP term
WHAT SUPPORT WILL THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES PROVIDE?
SUPPORTING WYPM AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE A VOICE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
- Ensure the WYP is open and transparent
- Develop guidelines, a code of conduct, and a disciplinary process for WYPMs to follow
- Provide training, induction, guidance and support to help WYPMs excel in their role
- Arrange regional meetings for WYPMs to get together and make decisions and receive training
- Arrange regional engagement events for WYPMs to engage directly with other young people in their area
- Arrange meetings of all 60 WYPMs in the Senedd, Cardiff Bay
- Provide materials for WYPMs to help them prepare for upcoming meetings and events
- Arrangements for residentials
- Arrange options that young people can utilise to travel to and from official WYP activity
- Arrange relevant accessibility support needed by WYPMs to participate
- Provide access to dedicated youth professional mentors, and ensure there are welfare procedures in place (i.e. MIND Cymru, Stonewall, NSPCC)
WHAT COSTS / RESOURCES WILL THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES COVER?
- Reasonable travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs for WYPMs and staff from partner organisations, associated with attending official WYP activity
- Official training provided to WYPMs
- Venue hire, catering, and accessibility support where required
- Resources to hold regular regional meetings for WYPM, local events to engage with other young people and residential meetings of all 60 WYPMs
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT FOR WELSH YOUTH PARLIAMEnT MEMBERS?
YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL OFFICIAL WELSH YOUTH PARLIAMENT ACTIVITIES FOR THE TWO YEAR TERM. OFFICIAL WELSH YOUTH PARLIAMENT ACTIVITIES CONSIST OF:
- Meetings of all 60 WYPMs. All 60 WYPMs will meet as a whole group in Cardiff three times during the two-year term. These meetings will be held between 22 February 2019 – 24 February 2019, 25 October 2019 – 27 October 2019, and 13 November 2020 – 15 November 2020.
- Regional events and meetings, where local WYPMs will work with each other and with other young people in the area. The dates for these regional events and meetings will be agreed with WYPMs, but we expect that there would be around 8 of these meetings and events held during the two year term.
The National Assembly for Wales will cover transport, accommodation and refreshment costs for attending these meetings.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A PARTNER ORGANISATION?
ANY ORGANISATION, OF ANY SIZE, FROM ANY PART OF WALES CAN APPLY TO BECOME A PARTNER ORGANISATION.
Organisations wanting to become an official WYP partner will need to apply in writing, and will be considered against a set criteria. Please note that organisations will still be considered even if they are unable to evidence every single criteria listed below.
Please provide us with information on the types of groups of young people your organisation works with, and are most likely to return as WYPMs, specifically in relation to:
- Young people who face barriers to participation because of their status or personal circumstances. In particular:
- young carers;
- young people with an experience of care;
- refugees/asylum seekers;
- former youth offenders;
- young people experiencing poverty or from lower income families/eligible for free school meals;
- young people excluded from society because of their remote locations.
- Young people who face barriers to participation because of one or more of the protected characteristics defined in the Equality Act 2010:
- Sexual Orientation;
- Gender Reassignment;
- Religion and Belief.
Please describe your organisations previous experience in supporting and engaging young people, which mirrors the involvement of partner organisations, outlined previously in this document.
Please explain to what extent your organisation operates in a way which is youthinvolving.
Please describe your organisation’s ability to return WYPMs following an election (the model chosen to elect young people will be at the discretion of the partner organisation).
Please describe your organisation’s ability to return WYPMs from different parts of Wales (if your organisation doesn’t have a pan-Wales remit, please outline which specific part(s) of Wales you are most active.
Please describe your organisation’s ability to provide support for WYP Members.
Please explain how your organisation complies with relevant legislation in working with young people – public liability insurance, qualifications of staff, DBS, safeguarding etc.
Please explain how many WYPMs your organisation would be able to return (within the limit of a minimum of one, and a maximum of three).
Please describe your organisation’s ability to return WYPMs who are not already engaged in democratic forums (i.e. British Youth Council, School Councils and so on).
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to become an official WYP partner, organisations must submit a written application, which covers the criteria listed. Application forms can be downloaded here as a Word document or contact us if you need any further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 12:00PM ON THE 2ND OF JULY, 2018.
Please note that organisations will still be considered even if they are unable to fulfil/evidence every single criteria listed. The information applicants provide will be considered and weighed against other applicants. Partner organisations will be chosen on the basis of providing the Assembly Commission the confidence that the 20 young people returned by official WYP partner organisations will be effectively supported, and be diverse in terms of their geography, age and background.
Applications should attempt to answer each criteria separately, and be returned via e-mail to: email@example.com or by post to Welsh Youth Parliament Team, Communications, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.
The timetable for the application process is outlined below:
Application process opens
Deadline for applications
Bidding organisations informed on result of application process following sift process and decision by the Llywydd, Elin Jones AM, Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Lynne Neagle AM, Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee.
Those organisations who are successful in their application to become an official WYP partner, will be expected to do so for one term lasting two years, and the selection process would start again at the beginning of each new term. The announcement of all 60 successful Welsh Youth Parliament Members will take place in December 2018. The term will start January 2019 and end in December 2020.
JULY – NOVEMBER 2018
Organisations to speak with its membership and arrange elections to return members by 25 November
Start of term
End of term
If you would like any further information or clarity on any aspect of becoming a partner organisation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.