What is Participation?
“I didn’t think it would be as good as it was. I thought it’d be just; you just go to a place and get something to eat but like I didn’t know there was groups like football and participation and CEO groups. I like them as well.”
YAP Ireland strive to amplify the voice of the Young Person & Parents /Carers through Participation and Consultation. While Participation is a fun space for activities, friendship and games it is also a space for young people and parents /carers to have their voices heard so that they can influence change in YAP Ireland and in society.
“Sometimes I do be stressed and then when I go here it’s like just forget your other stress. And just meeting people.”
The Benefits that Young People and Parents /Carers list from their engagement in Participation include:
- Building Self Esteem /Confidence
- Improving Social Skills
- Working as a Team
- Building Empathy
- Well being
- Relationship Building
- Career Development
- Sustainable Skills
- Improved Outcomes
- Feeling less isolated