Training: Consulting & involving young people



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"Wonderful, inspirational, with good practical ideas. Lovely not to have to make notes, much easier to listen / participate in the session." Public Library Staff.

"Lots here I can use in developing our work with teenagers." Public Library Staff.


Consulting and involving young people of all ages is an important part of current government policy for public and school libraries, museums, archives, schools and youth services. When this training is delivered to school libraries, special emphasis can be given to the role of pupil voice in the planning and delivery of learning, reading and social outcomes, in line with Ofsted expectations.

As with all of Jerry's training, sessions can be tailored to specific local needs. Jerry is also happy to create new courses. Many courses are adaptable to Library, School, Archive, Theatre, Arts, Museum, Heritage, Sports and Leisure settings.

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Training options include:

  • Leading and being led: working with children and young people in promoting fiction and wider reading
  • Leading and being led: young people as partners in service development and delivery
  • Reading making connections: partnership working with looked-after young people and residential care staff
  • Riding the Tiger! Student involvement in school libraries and learning spaces in the 21st century
  • The right stuff! Working with children and young people to create relevant and inpiring libraries

Areas commonly explored across these training options:

  • Why consult? Why involve? Policy drivers and local benefits
  • Consulting... involving... what's the difference?
  • Practical ways to engage with young people
  • Consultation and involvement: national initiatives and useful case studies
  • One-off and short-term consultation
  • Sustaining longer-term partnerships
  • Issues of social inclusion
  • Action planning

"Excellent training delivered in an inspiring and accessible way. Early sessions created a real buzz among staff which rubbed off on those who weren’t due to attend until later. There is now a real groundswell of feeling among the majority of front line staff to change the way in which they interact with children and young people – they feel more confident and more empowered to do things which they had previously felt nervous of tackling.

I (and other members of my team) appreciated the opportunity to comment on and shape the training programme as we went along."
Colin Brabazon, Senior Librarian: Young People’s Services, North Lincolnshire Libraries

"Jerry is truly a great trainer, allowing time for delegates to understand issues and building in a programme that allows more important areas to take precedence, helping to give a better understanding of the areas being discussed. Plus his enthusiasm is infectious!"
Adam Lancaster, Advisory Resource Librarian, Schools Library Service, Hertfordshire


If you need further information, or would like to discuss your training or consultancy requirements, please e mail or phone 07950 408347.

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