It’s clear from conversations we’re having with young people already working with community businesses as well as from the stories being told by many of the speakers at #IWill Week, that embedding and involving young people in every aspect of the business, and enabling them to make their voices heard right across it is hugely important. They want the opportunity to be involved in the conversations that shape what the business looks like as a way to ensure that thinking transforms from “if we build it, young people will come” to “if young people build it, they will stay”. “Nothing about us without us” has been another key takeaway.
But how to create this enabling environment and get more young people involved in your community business? Thanks to generous funding from Dulverton Trust and as part of the #Iwill movement, Plunkett is offering free business support, advice and training to community businesses looking to build their knowledge an confidence in working with young people. To find out more call our friendly Community Business Team on 01993 630 022 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.