A week after the visit to the Positive Youth Foundation of HRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we have reflected on exactly what the visit meant to all involved.
Our thoughts flow between a truly humble outlook on our journey, to sheer excitement expressed by the young people and the city at large.
What is absolutely consistent within these emotions though, is the impact that the visit has made on everyone involved with PYF. From young people, trustees, partner organisations and totally independent well-wishers, we have seen an outpour of genuine gratitude that our brand of youth work has had its moment in the spotlight.
The feedback from young people continues to flow in, with recollections of conversations that were had not only with our royal guests, but also key personnel who represented our partner organisations such as the local authority and our funders. To call this a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity is true for some of the young people, but perhaps not for the city and the youth work sector, as we seek to build upon the momentum of the visit to continue to bring high profile opportunities to our city.
We have campaigned for youth work for more years then I care to admit. To see it positioned so highly within important strategic spheres is credit to the way in which our policy leads have recognised the value of youth work. Whilst we are fully aware that much more needs to be done, albeit with reduced resources, we are confident that the future looks positive. The new Coventry Youth Partnership is testament to the local youth sectors’ willingness to come together to provide credible services for young people. Whilst in its infancy, the progress to date has been solid and gives us a strong foundation to pull together with relevant stakeholders.
So the royal visit came and went, but our challenges and opportunities starkly lay ahead of us. Through the commitment of everyone connected with the Positive Youth Foundation and the Coventry Youth Partnership at large, we commit to ensuring that 2018 continues to bring about positive change for young people in our city and beyond.
Positive Youth Foundation