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Youth Forum - 8th January 2012

The Youth Forum met on the 8th January to give a warm welcome to the 6 new members of the team, Alex, John, Laura, Sharon, Daisy and myself Megan. We started off the meeting with a wonderful team building game ‘getting to know each other’ which involved a long twisty corridor and a whole lot of cling film!

We officially started the meeting with the 2011 Youth Forum members presenting to the group on projects that had been worked on over the course of the year. This gave us an insight into what being in the Youth Forum means, and the type of opportunities that may become available to us. Following this we then moved on to the discussing the direction and focus of the Youth Forum in 2012. The Youth Forum produced through showers which pulled together ideas of what we want to draw attention to over the next few months.

Next on the agenda the Youth Forum welcomed Jenni Dearman and Barbara Barrett to the meeting. Jenni and Barbara work together to produce the Wavepower safeguarding documents. They presented the group with examples of the types of cases that they receive to demonstrate the sort of safeguarding issues that are usually dealt with in the organisation. Jenni and Barbara made the Youth Forum aware of two surveys that will be coming out over the next month and explained to us how they would like us to bring a young person’s viewpoint to Wavepower.

In the final part of the meeting we were introduced to Terry Wilkinson who is the Independent Disciplinary & Dispute Resolution Chairman. Terry explained his background in the sport, and how he came to being the Chairman of this committee. Terry also explained the structure of the judicial system within the organisation and how disciplinary actions or disputes are dealt with, including the costs involved within the procedures. Terry is involved in issues within all 4 of the aquatic disciplines.


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