PDC providing research support to the EU presidency

People Dialogue and Change has been appointed to provide research support to Estonian, Austrian and Bulgarian EU presidencies.

The work, which will be carried out by our director, Dan Moxon, is based on supporting the 6th Cycle of Structured Dialogue  - an 18 month mechanism to enable young people to influence the 2018 EU Youth Policy.  This process involves three conferences over a period of 18 months and an EU wide youth consultation.

Dan's role will be to work with the conference facilitators to design a research style process for gathering information on priority topics to young people. Following on from this the work will then involve designing the consultation questions and methodological tools to conduct the youth consultation.The consultation itself will be conducted in each of the EU member states and is expected to receive between 60 -70,000 responses.

Dan has undertakes this role as part of his recent appointment to the EU - Council of Europe Youth Partnership pool of youth researchers alongside colleague Ondřej Bárta

You can watch a video about the 2015 conferences below:

oh Vienna....

This week, Ed Moss,  our new associate and PDC director Dan Moxon are heading to Vienna to delivery the European Patient Forums Youth Advocacy Programme.  This project involves training 40 young people from patient advocacy organisations across Europe in the field of rights, discrimination and leadership over a three day course in Vienna

As part of the project Ed has developed an online support strategy which enables the young advocates to receive online peer to peer support , coaching and mentoring following on from the course.  Over the coming months each advocate will implement their own advocacy project, reporting their progress back to our slack based digital hub and working with other advocates to overcome challenges and report successes.

But first , we need to get the train to Vienna.....

Join the Collaborate Project

The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation is looking for young people (aged 11-18) to join Collaborate. 

Collaborate is a group of young people and adults who work together to find out and share new ideas about how to improve the lives of children and young people, and to help children and young people influence the world around them.Young or old everyone in the group works together as equals and everyone's voice is listened to and respected.Together they:
  • Explore how children and young people's voices can be heard
  • Create a series of event at UCLan with expert speakers
  • Publish and present their findings to create change
The project runs from August 2017 to May 2018. We meet around once per month at The University of Central Lancashire, Preston and help with transport can be provided.  You can download the flyer here

The Impact of Independent Advocacy

UCLAN and NCB's research sits alongside a
wider piece of work by The OCC into
advocacy for children and young people (above) 
PDC's Director Dan Moxon, has recently been part of a research team looking at the outcomes and impact of independent advocacy at The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau Research Centre. The research was undertaken following a commission from the Office of the Children's Commissioner as part of a wider project looking at the role and function of advocacy for children and young people. 

The research looked specifically at the impact and outcomes of independent advocacy for children and young people.  It found that outcomes were complex and varied, including increased confidence among young people and positive changes in the way services were provided.  The researchers suggested some ways in which these different outcomes could be captured.

Professor Nigel Thomas of the University of Central Lancashire, who led the research, commented:

“Our research showed the immense value of independent advocacy in producing a wide range of short and long term outcomes, empowering children and young people and leading to improvements in services. We hope that providers will be able to use our work to increase the quality and consistency of independent advocacy for all children, and to evaluate and demonstrate the outcomes and impact of their work.

View the report here

People Dialogue and Change and our work in the EU

The UK vote to leave Europe is a truly saddening political occurrence. At PDC we believe this decision only worsens the social, economic and political situation within the UK. We believe an integrated Europe is vital to the long term peace and security of the world. Sadly this vote is reflective of both the increasing move to the right within the UK, and a long term Euroscepticism cultivated in no small part by Rupert Murdoch's press empire. 

There are many divides in the UK as a result of this vote, but as an organisation focused on the voices of young people we are most concerned about them. Of those who voted, 73% of 18-24 year olds and 62% of 25-34 year olds chose to remaining in the EU. Overall the vote to leave was won by less than 3%. It is estimated that had 16 year olds been allowed to vote, the result would have been to remain.  Now more than ever, there is a need for UK-EU co-operation on youth and social programmes, for a generation who without doubt wish to remain part of the European project.  

People Dialogue and Change is a UK registered company, jointly run by Dan Moxon a British Citizen, and Guðbjörg Ágústsdóttir, an Icelandic Citizen.  Around 20% of PDC’s work is with organisations based in EU or EEA countries, in many cases directly on EU programmes.  We as individuals and as an organisation are deeply committed to the idea of an integrated Europe. It is this belief that led us to develop our work with youth organisations and social programmes across the continent, and will still drive us to do so in future. 

At this current time we would like to reassure all of our European partners there are no immediate changes to either the company's ability to trade and co-operate with our EU/EEA partners and we anticipate this will be the case until the UK formally leaves the EU in over two years time. Through the coming two years we will still aim to initiate new work with EU/EEA based organisations and clients. As the political picture unfolds, it will be our intention to give serious consideration to establishing a company base for PDC within the EEA/EU.