Original article credit: Coventry Telegraph
Young people in Coventry have been invited to have their say on the city in a new survey – and have the chance to win pizza while doing so.
The Coventry Youth Survey aims to give 11 to 18-year-olds a voice about issues in the city and wider afield.
The data collected will then be analysed to reveal any potential gaps within youth services.
It is the first time the survey is available online for youngsters to answer, previously just having been handed out in schools.
Those behind the ambitious project are attempting to get 1,100 responses to the survey before it closes in June.
More than 500 responses have already been recieved.
The Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) worked alongside the Coventry City Council Insight team to create the survey, the first Youth Survey in the city since 2013.
What are some of the questions?
It encourages participants to share their views on areas they live in and their thoughts on Coventry becoming UK City of Culture in 2021.
The survey features questions around physical activity, mental health and the impact of social media on day-to-day life.
It runs alongside the Household Survey that aims to get 3,000 responses from adults over 16.
Young people have guided the creation of the survey from the beginning, drafting the questions and advising on how long it should take to complete.
Katie Davis, Programme Coordinator at PYF, said: “It’s the first time the Youth Survey has been completed online and not just within schools, which means that we can gather data that represents a real cross section of young people living in the city.
“It has been vital to consult with young people from the start on this. We facilitated a number of focus groups to ensure the survey was user friendly, and appealed to people their age.
“We really hope that when the data is collected and analysed it reveals how young people feel and identifies any potential gaps where youth provision is needed in the city.
“We can then hold sessions to get the information out there, show young people that their views are truly valuable and their time spent completing the survey hasn’t been wasted.”
Councillor Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “We’re a young and diverse city, so it’s crucial that we know what our young people think about living in Coventry.
“I’d like to encourage as many young people as possible to take part in the survey and have their voice heard.”
The Coventry Youth Survey 2018 closes on Monday, June 4.
A prize draw takes place on June 8, with four people who have completed the survey winning £25 worth of Pizza Hut Vouchers.
The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and can be found online here.