The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective this week launch their brand new website which has been designed by young people from across the city.
The Youth collective is made up of 8 local youth organisations which include the Brighton & Hove Business Awards finalists – Young People’s Centre (YPC) Crew Club, Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, Tarner Community Project, Hangleton and Knoll Project, Trusts for Developing Communities and Sussex Central YMCA.
In the last 18 months “The Collective” has delivered a co-ordinated programme of youth activities across Brighton and Hove in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council’s Youth Service to develop and deliver an innovative, co-ordinated and responsive service to better meet the needs of young people living in the City.
The benefit is one vision, created with young people, that addresses inequalities, provides stability and acts as a constant in the lives of those most at risk. But until now they had no website.
Working with local Brighton based web design company Face Media Group, the young people from The Collective were asked a series of questions concerning the website from colour palettes, fonts, functionality, style and content to make sure it was everything they wanted.
Lisa Seymour, Operations Director Face Media Group commented “We jumped at the opportunity to work with the Young people that form part of the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective. The initial project meeting was engaging, enlightening and fun. Throughout the design and build of the website we encouraged everyone to have their say, so we could deliver something that worked for everyone. We are extremely proud to have been part of this project and wish them every success for the future.”
By using information from a survey held three months prior, the design team knew that digital media was one of the top 3 best ways to communicate with young people. The content they most wanted to know about was; 1) What activities are on offer – 86%, 2) Events they can go to – 76% and 3) Local community activities in their area – 63% – all of which the site now hosts. A group of young people gathered together to design and test the new website.
Ashely Ridley aged 13 who contributed to the website design commented “It was fun and enjoyable, a really great experience to be involved in. My greatest achievement to date and I’m quite proud.” He scored the website 9 out of 10.
Daniel Scott who is a YPC user commented “I love it” and awarded it a score of 10 out of 10.
14 year old Ethan Storey-Davidson who attends Dorothy Stringer School and also helped to create and test the website commented “It was interesting, good fun and a good experience to be part of the learning and I’d love to do it again”. The new website has lots of information about all of the groups, their location across the city and what they have to offer young people from Brighton and Hove who are aged between 13 and 19 years old.
It will also pin point important youth services on offer which include counselling services, locations where a hot meal can be sourced and advice on sexual health education, training and applying for jobs.
In the weeks to come there will also be more things to do and competitions to win experiences across the city. To launch the website Jamie Oliver’s Café and Cookery school are offering the opportunity for 4 young people to win a cookery class at their premises in Hove.
Ben Glazebrook who leads on the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective activity said “ The partnerships we have built through the Collective are now helping us with projects right across the city and the website is a great addition to all our youth work activity.”
For more information and to register as a member or for competitions go to www.brightonandhoveyouthcollective.org.uk