Youth Advisory Board - Breckland

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for Breckland was set up in 2012 and the aim is to support young people aged between 11 and 19 years old to have a voice in their community and the facilities that are provided for them.

A Board of adult professionals from Health, Police, District Council, Schools, Children's Service was then created to work in collaboration with young people who are called Young Commissioners. The Young Commissioners meet regularly and give guidance to the Board about issues that affect young people, they conduct research, visit projects to quality assure them and complete training to develop their skills.

The Board meets regularly and once the needs have been prioritised projects are commissioned to meet the need. The YAB also works with local providers to help them develop provision and network within their local area. We have so far commissioned projects to address bullying, sexual health and relationships, positive activities for young people on edge of care and pre neet, diversity project and much more.

The YAB has also established community youth forums to enable young people to influence local decision making. If you would like more information about the Breckland YAB as a professional or would like to become a young commissioner please contact –

Anita Beckett – Senior Youth and Community Development Worker

Email: anita.beckett@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

Phone – 07889757234

Poland Youth Exchange Report 2014

Some of our Young Commissioners went along to Spotlight in London recently to share their thoughts on Youth Work in times of change and ideas on how to influence and develop youth work.  To read the full report please click HERE.

Relationship and Sexual Health Short Film

In 2015 Breckland Youth Advisory Board commissioned MAP to produce a film in partnership with young people from Nicholas Hammond Academy and BBC Voices. The film is to highlight the need for better relationships education and sexual health information in schools. Young people interviewed their peers and adults to understand what previous experiences of SRE they have had and how this needs to change. This film will be used to inform adult professionals and look at a collaborative multi agency approach to this sensitive topic to ensure young people's right to information are upheld and in turn protects their physical and mental health. If you would like further information on this ongoing project please contact the Breckland YAB Senior Youth and Community Development Worker – Anita Beckett 

Meet the team

  • Anita Beckett
    Senior Development Worker

"By achieving Ambition Quality, this organisation has made an ongoing commitment to quality improvement. They have demonstrated their approach to quality through an evidence-based portfolio and ultimately ensure the best possible service for young people."  Rachel Smith, Head of Quality and Training