Before the launch of SLYNCS, a number of youth workers had been working on many projects with young people. Some of the young people are not only still with us but have gone onto become peer mentors and volunteers in the organisation whilst others have moved on. Some have also have bought us new recruits ensuring that the turnover of young people is constant.
Since 2011, the group (or members of the group) have achieved the following: Took part in a consultation session and then were part of a consortium of organisations that applied for and successful won £2m funding to engage more people in the arts between Blackburn and Burnley. The group and SLYNCS is now being tasked with engaging more young people across Pennine Lancashire to find out how other young people want this money to be spent.
We have done a number of projects which have included a drama piece around bullying, an event exploring Grooming and how to tackle the issue, a conference around community cohesion and a campaign around forced marriages to name just a few. Due to our success with the last project mentioned, a group of social workers, who had been invited to talk at a conference in London, made a detour in their journey and visited young people exploring the issue further.