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We hope that one really useful aspect of this community will be providing the perfect space to collate and share useful resources, guidelines and toolkits. What online resources have you found to be particularly useful in planning and/or delivering a project? Share the links to your top resources below, ideally with a short description so we know what it's all about.

Here's some that we often refer people to:

The Big Lottery Fund provides lots of resources on working with young people, including evaluation: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/research/children-young-people-and-families​

Participation Works offer loads of How to Guides and other resources on involving young people in all aspects of a project from commissioning to research, as well as reaching a wide range of young people: http://www.participationworks.org.uk/resources

And of course, we have recently updated our own guidance, 'How to involve young people in heritage projects'. This also has a few more links to other organisations and resources at the back.



View Melissa Strauss's profile Melissa Strauss Feb 4 2014 - 12:08pm
  1. This is definitely worth a look. 

    NCVYS (The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services) published its Youth Report for 2013 last year. These two pages visually set out lots of useful statistics on young people in the UK, from expenditure on youth services to rates of homelessness, voting and volunteering.

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  3. Thanks Melissa, those are great resources!

    Here's one on why IMPACT matters - http://www.slideshare.net/karlwilding/why-voluntary-organisations-need-t…

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  5. The NCVYS infographic is very helpful. I shall be using some of the stats in an update to our Board.

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  7. Young people panels and forums

    These articles and how-to guides provide some useful insights into setting up a youth panel, appealing to young people, and other related issues and ideas. They all refer to museums, but could be applied to lots of other heritage organisations too…

    How to develop a Youth Forum in your museum: A toolkit of ideas draws on the experiences of others, with 7 case studies and lots of tips.

    Label your exhibits, not your visitors, says the Museum of London's youth panel. Read about their perspective in the article, Museums and me: Junction's top tips for engaging young people.

    This article, Why have museums forgotten the teens?, refers to Wolverhampton Art Gallery's Art Forum for 14 to 25 year olds.

    You do need to be a member to access the articles, but the Museums Association’s Museum Practice January 2013 edition has a special focus on youth panels.

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  9. Dear All

    The Geffrye Museum has been working with Kids in Museums to publish our Youth Advisory Panel's 10 Top Tips to running a successful panel. 

    Our Youth Advisory Panel has been running since 2009 and we continue to meet monthly to ensure that young people are able to contribute to the programming and marketing of our Young People's Programme. The tips have evolved over the last 5 years, but the main aim of the document was to provide colleagues across the sector with tips from them about what they felt makes a panel successful. 

    We have found having such a panel ensures our programme is and will continue to be youth-led. 

    To find out more on our programme please visit our website - http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/whatson/events/young-people/ 

    I hope you find the resource useful

    Best wishes



    Rachael Crofts, Young People's Programmes Manager, Geffrye Museum, London

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  11. These are such helpful resources - thank you everyone!  I work a lot with small Trusts that are trying to re-purpose historic buildings (often churches) and bring them back into community use.  Often young people are in the sights of these Trusts but they are unsure of how to engage with local young people to see what would appeal.  There are some great examples (circus schools; climbing walls; youth cafes; music practice hubs) - has anyone else any good examples?  How can this work be sustainable (a big challenge with the reduction in local authority funding for youth services).   

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  13. We've recently come accross www.mylearning.org and wondered whether anyone has found this a useful resource for both finding learning materials and depositing project materials?



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  15. Hi,

    Creative digital agency ‘Smack’ have just released a report about the relevance of the ‘information age’ upon museum experience. There are things in there that could be useful to some of you including methods of connecting museums with the younger generation and some interesting stats and infographics. We’ve also spotted a familiar face on page 27, where our very own Jo Reilly comments on how museums use our grant programmes.



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  17. Generation Next

    Last year, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and Ipsos MORI launched their research - Who is Generation Next? – looking at the views, concerns and values of today's children and young people (born at the turn of the Millennium).

    This was followed with a briefing last week, Generation Next: Tomorrow's Voters. The briefing highlights some key findings from the Generation Next survey, which found children and young people are demanding a say in issues they care about, but they also show a disconnection with the political process.

    Of interest to us, the briefing points out that young people are more likely than any other age group to volunteer their time to help others or improve the environment around them, most of them on a regular basis. It also shows that young people and adults are concerned about a lack of activities for teenagers.

    We would like to fund more interesting and fun activities for young people to engage with their heritage (and improve their local environment) through Young Roots…

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  19. Shhh…it’s a Secret!

    I was just posting something about this exhibition on another of our online communities, and thought it might be of interest to some of you as well. It is going back a few years now, but was still a lovely exhibition curated by children. 

    Unlocking the secrets behind the treasures of the Wallace Collection. Twelve young curators from St Vincent’s RC primary school curated an exhibition for families using objects from the Collection in the exhibition gallery.

    You can see the young participants talking about the exhibition and their experience. There is also an exhibition report describing what they did, and including the perspectives of the children, school teachers and museum staff.

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