Youth to have their say about life in Pingelly

Published on Monday, 17 May 2021 at 9:00:00 AM

Late last year the Pingelly Youth Network formed, comprising of representatives from the Shire of Pingelly, Moorditj Youth Foundation Aboriginal Corporation, Pingelly Early Years Network, Pingelly Primary School, Pingelly Recreation & Cultural Centre and WA Police. The Network was established following the Shire of Pingelly’s Strategic Community Plan 2020-30 flagging “youth disengagement” as the most critical issue facing Pingelly into the next decade.

The Pingelly Youth Network identified focus areas that will become the scope of an interactive engagement series with young people to inform a Youth Strategy; a document outlining the program of work to undertake in a staged approach to shape a youth friendly community and address priority areas. The emerging issues and needs of young people in Pingelly were found to encompass the broader themes of:

  • Participation Young people need to have a say about the issues that affect them and are empowered to make meaningful contributions to decision making, community consultations and future planning in Pingelly.
  • Health and Wellness Young people need to have access to the information, support and services they need to be happy, healthy and empowered to make positive informed choices.
  • Safety Young people need to feel safe in their home and wider community, and have the skills and knowledge to make good choices about their personal safety.
  • Future Aspirations Young people need to have access to education and employment opportunities, as well as have their needs supported and advocated for on their behalf to attract services and activities to support their retention within the community.

The Pingelly Youth Network is set to facilitate the youth consultation in three phases over the coming weeks. The Year 5 and 6 class at Pingelly Primary School will participate in an interactive and engaging workshop featuring enlarged questionnaires which by placing a dot or an emoji to respond to multiple choice questions. This will be followed by small group work with open ended questions.

Pingelly students completing High School in Brookton or Narrogin will be engaged in a pop up consultation booth on Parade Street after school, featuring a hybrid survey and interactive have your say board. The Community BBQ will be fired up with a free sausage sizzle and participants will have the opportunity to win iTunes gift cards.

The young adults (up to 25 years) living in Pingelly will be engaged using a hardcopy survey and be connected in their employment with local businesses, sporting clubs or connected in-person with members of the Pingelly Youth Network. Participation will be incentivised with a chance to win iTunes gift cards.

Outside the scope of the Pingelly Youth Strategy 2021-25, the data collected will strengthen grant applications and be used to support the development of youth events and initiatives.

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Young Adult Survey 

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