Youth Ascends

YOUTH Acting to Spread Cohesion and Educate about Needs, Disability and SEN

We are 'Youth Ascends' Plymouth's SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) youth forum.

Q. What is a forum?

A.  A forum is a method of sharing ideas and talking about an issue or problem.

Our forum is open to young people with SEND from 5 – 25 Years Old. Our forum encourages young people to engage in discussions and feed experiences and views to our young person’s steering group.

Q. What is a steering group?

A.  A steering group is a group of people who runs the forum, represent the voice of the forum and engage with professionals in strategic planning.

Our steering group is made up of disabled young people aged between 14 and 25. They act to make sure young people’s views are taken into account within strategic planning for provision in Plymouth. Disabled young people feel they can use the forums steering group as an access point to Plymouth City Council. The group discusses issues that affect them and other disabled young people in Plymouth. They advise from their own experiences and have a passion to make sure that young disabled people’s opinions are valued, their views heard equally with other members of society and by professionals in the city.

Currently the forum is looking at accessible transport in the city and is gathering young people’s experiences of bus travel, taxi transport, home school transport and travel training in the city.

Young people can engage with the forum through their educational / post 16 providers / youth groups or agencies by attending facilitated discussion groups, drop ins, school council meetings or by surveys, email and text communication.

For further information of how you can be involved please contact Youth Ascends on 01752 258933 or email: YPForum@plymouth.gov.uk

Youth Ascends
Plymouth Information, Advice & Support for SEND
Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre
Scott Business Park
Beacon Park
Plymouth
PL2 2PQ