It is a big couple of weeks for the LifeSwap project. What started as a small project to help Councillors understand a little more about the lives of the more vulnerable young people in their care is about to get a lot bigger.
Yesterday we saw copies of an excellent full page article in the NYA’s Edge magazine. (see previous post). Today IDeA are announcing the launch of Beacon LifeSwap in their weekly email newletter (circ. 40,000 officers and members we’re told) and finally YMCA England have agreed to approach 15 of the centres swith a proposal to work with us on organising LifeSwap for their local authorities.
So what is Beacon LifeSwap?
Beacon Councils are local authorities who have demonstrated excellence in a particular policy area. This year one of those areas was Positive Youth Engagement. Eight councils were appointed including Norfolk County Council (in partnership with South Norfolk District Council). The eight councils are expected to work together to promote the work they have done and to help in that process they are going to run an adapted version of LifeSwap where 3 young people from each council will take pictures about their communities over a 3 day period. The results will be launched on Thursday June 15th as part of the Beacon Scheme Learning Exchange at www.beaconlifeswap.org.uk.
Once again the kind folk at O2 are supplying phones and credit for the pictures and messaging. Thank you.