The Peer Outreach Team (POT) was set up in 2006. They work directly within the Education and Youth Team at the GLA.
The POT are a group of up to 30 young people aged 15-25yrs old from diverse backgrounds and life experiences from across London. They are commissioned by the Mayor and GLA to engage, inspire and gather the opinions of young Londoners to help shape policies, strategies and services.
At any one time, the POT can lead on up to 15 pan- London projects, some of which are piloting new approaches, working with existing organisations to improve their engagement with young people and evaluating programmes or services.
The POT emphasise to decision-makers and practitioners about the importance of incorporating children and young people’s involvement into policies and strategies. The POT define participation as “through the actions of young Londoners comes real change”.
The teams' main emphasis currently is to improve educational achievements and opportunities. Much of this work focusses on young people who are at work or have been excluded. The range of projects that aim to improve the life chance of all Londoners span from training and work experience, mental health and well-being to increasing opportunities and tackling youth crime.
If you wish to find out more information please contact Rebecca.Palmer@london.gov.uk or see the flyer below.