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We believe that children and young people who work alongside us have a right to have a voice in shaping the services delivered to them and have a role in advocating for changes in systems, policies and structures that affect them.
Two related initiatives, Pot of Gold and Over the Rainbow, are ways we involve children and young people in influencing budgetary decision-making and recipients of funding have the opportunity to share their work and show the difference it has made.
Pot of Gold is a sum of money we make available for children and young people we work with across the country to create their own projects to help in their community or local project.
The funding can enable children and young people to learn a new skill or be involved in activities to help them get their voice and ideas heard by adults. The funding can also enable children and young people to have a new experience so they learn new things, and can involve helping organise activities to hear and record the views of other children and young people. The goal, ultimately, is to change things on issues that are important to them for themselves and other young people.
The annual Over the Rainbow event, which is co-organised by young people, is a celebration for young people from across the country. In 2013, over 80 young people were present to share with each other how they had spent their Pot of Gold funding and attend the Children and Young People Awards Ceremony.
Read about our most recent Over the Rainbow event, including a list of Pot of Gold recipients.
Each year, these awards are given to individuals and groups of children and young people to acknowledge their exceptional achievements. Some of the young people who were given awards last year became part of the judging panel selecting recipients of this year’s awards.
Staff and volunteers within the organisation have nominated children and young people they work with.
The nomination criteria were:
Over the Rainbow 5, including a list of 2013 Children and Young People Award winners
Read about the 2012 Children and Young People Awards
Read about the 2011 Children and Young People Awards