ENRYP (European Network of Regional and local Youth Networks)
Elizabeth from the Rochdale and Pennines Youth Cabinet had had the privilege of going to Hungary, Romania and Brussels over the last few months to meet and work with young people from other European countries and work together to help make lives better for young people. They have been focusing on the Allyship project which is to help end violence against women. This has been an issues across all the countries and Elizabeth has witnessed the significant differences in each country too. They have all been pulling together to raise the issues in their country and put together ideas on how to tackle it. Elzabeth has then adapted this specifically for Rochdale and the Allyship programme will now be used in schools, colleges, community groups and Rochdale Youth Service to train young people how to raise awareness, recognise and tackle violence against women.
They have also been looking at blood donations and encouraging more young people to donate blood and raise awareness as the NHS are desperate for new donors, especially some from BAME backgrounds. the key barrier thyey have come across with this is how, in England, donors have to be able to read and speak English themselves in order to donate to ensure they can answer questions about their own health fully and the procedure is undertaken safely. This is the angle their new campaign will go from to try and adapt the system and enable more BAME donors to sign up and help save the lives of others.