Glastonbury Youth Council and Street’s Action 4 Youth have worked together to create a Young Person Friendly Charter. The Charter invites businesses, organisations and support services to become Street and Glastonbury Young Person Friendly Advocates.

To become an advocate they would need to offer one or more of the six following opportunities.

• Be a mentor or set an inspiring example.
• Offer employment to young people aged 13+ or 16+
• Offer work experience
• Offer volunteering opportunities for young people.
• Include young people in market research, focus groups and campaigns.
• Offer family friendly activities and events.

They would need to sign up to a strict safeguarding code of conduct.

They would also need to pledge to:-

  • Promote youth council campaigns to show collective support across our communities.
  • Telling other people about how they can get involved and help make our communities better for all children and young people.
  • Attend, promote or take-part in events organised and run by young people.
  • Supporting young people to speak up and have their voices heard.
  • Ensure young people are treated fairly and respected.
  • Ensure young people’s rights and needs are considered when making decisions that impact their communities.

Approved advocates will be issued with a window sticker that they can display in their business / organisation window. This will help to break down barriers and young people will feel they are welcome to ask for work, experience or to become a volunteer.

We would arrange for mystery shoppers to test the support/opportunities on offer from advocates.