The Young People’s Management Committee (YPMC) was set up in 2004 as a way of ensuring that young people have a chance to voice their opinions on how the courses are running with the opportunity to suggest improvements based on their experiences. This ensures that the young people have their views taken on board which are used to further develop the SHNE programmes. Meetings take place at the end of each module and are run entirely by the young people who are part of the project. We encourage representation of young people from each of the existing cohorts and the maintenance groups.
Volunteers and parents are also invited to attend these meetings, so that they also can voice their views and opinions on how things are progressing and these comments are fed back by the Chair to the Board of Directors. Comments and opinions of the young people are seriously considered at these meetings and inform service developments. We believe this is what makes our programmes so successful.
The YPMC comprises of young people in the role of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
The YPMC serve office for 3 years and are voted and elected at the AGM by SHINE members.
I have worked as a volunteer within the SHINE organisation for the past 2 years and would like to think I am a great ambassador for our organisation. I have worked in the capacity of buddy and sports facilitator and classroom assistant and now take pride in being the Chair of the Young People’s Management Committee.
I have an excellent rapport with the young people and feel I strongly represent their views and opinions, especially around equality as we support different minority groups and children with learning disabilities. I have put forward many ideas that have helped to improve the services we offer young people and our committee has been instrumental in the growth and development of SHINE Health Academy.
I joined shine with my brother Adam and really enjoyed learning new things about healthy eating and have greatly increased in confidence. Adam joined the YPMC a year ago and I have attended the committee with him and have really enjoyed joining in the discussions as a shine member. Because of this I now want to be a more active member of the committee as I have particularly enjoyed planning fund raising events such as the Halloween Party and the Christmas party. I hope as Vice Chair to support the rest of the team and I’m looking forward to developing my role.
When I first started SHINE I was shy and had no confidence. My weight loss journey has been long and hard so I feel I really understand the members of our group. I was appointed Vice Chair of the Young People’s Management Committee in 2016. This has helped me to improve my confidence as I felt voicing the opinions of SHINE members was something that could be done without being judged by the other members of the committee. I have spoken about my experiences in conferences and I have just completed my Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. I feel like a valued member of the team and that my role is greatly appreciated. I am grateful for all SHINE has done for me and therefore am thankful for the opportunity to give back to them in some way.
Adam Emson FrowTreasurer
I am currently Treasurer of the Young People’s Management Committee, as well as being the young person’s link to the Board of Directors. I have been actively involved in applying for funding for the organisation and being involved in fund raising events and activities, which I really enjoy, and have been able to develop skills in this area. I had no confidence when I first started SHINE and now I feel really proud of myself in this role and that I can help others.
Ameena DodgeworthExecutive Member
I am a really shy person and don’t usually take part in things but I have loved being on the committee and sharing my experiences in the group. I am already feeling more able to speak up and I think I have a good imagination. I look forward to taking part in more events and loved Rother Valley event when I won the 5k run.