The Peer Outreach Workers (POW) were set up way back in 2006. They work directly within the Children and Young People’s Unit.
The Peer Outreach Workers (POW’s) are a diverse group of up to 40 young people aged 15-25yrs old from across London. The POW’s were commissioned back in 2006 by the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority to engage, inspire and gather the opinions of young Londoners to help shape policies, strategies and services.
At any one time, the Peer Outreach Workers 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 Peer Outreach Workers emphasise to decision-makers and practitioners about the importance of incorporating children and young people’s involvement into policies and strategies. We as the team define participation as “through the actions of young Londoners comes real change”.
The work POW’s are involved in fits into six key areas:
- Community safety
- Political engagement
- Health and wellbeing
- Intergenerational projects
- Events and training
- Acknowledging success
If you wish to find out more information please contact Rebecca.Palmer@london.gov.uk.