Join the Young People's Advisory Group (YPAG)

At Step by Step, we believe in order for a young person to reach their full potential, we must engage with them to make them a key part of our strategy and running the organisation. The aim of the group is to ensure young people are at the heart of everything we do.

"Becoming a member of the Young People's Advisory Group is a great opportunity to make a difference to the lives of young people in your area."
Ben Harman, Chief Executive.

Do you think you have what it takes to be a member of YPAG? Do you want to make a difference to young people in your community? Apply today!

Our aim is to understand how the organisation works and then advise Step by Step on how to engage with young people. This includes: reviewing service user’s feedback, helping develop and improve services for young people, influencing organisational strategy and policy.

Our goal is to make sure the voice of young people is heard and influences the organisations’ decision making process.

Who can apply? If you are 14-25 and living in Hampshire, Surrey, West Berkshire and Dorset you can apply to be on the YPAG

Do I have to know lots about Step by Step? No. We just ask that you are enthusiastic, committed and willing to learn!

Do I have to access a Step by Step service to be a member? No, you don't have to be getting support from Step by Step to be a member.

What will I get from joining YPAG? Joining YPAG is a great opportunity to give something back to support young people in your area. As a YPAG member you will learn how the organisation is run, develop leadership, persuasion and negotiation skills, network and make new friends and contribute to making a significant positive contribution to the lives of local young people. It will also be something great to include on your CV.

How much time will I have to give? The group will meet bi-monthly so you will be required give 3 hours every 2 months.

What happens at meetings? Before meetings an agreed agenda will be circulated. This will include points from the Step by Step's leadership team, service specific points and points raised by members from previous meeting. The meetings will be relaxed and informal. At each meeting there will be members of staff from Step by Step and these will include the YPAG Manager and guest speakers.

Travel expenses - Reasonable travel expenses will be paid by Step by Step. These will be agreed by the YPAG Manager.

How to apply - You can apply by completing the online form below. If you are under 16, we will need consent from your parent/guardian. If you have any questions please contact Paul Harris -

To apply to join the Young People's Advisory Group, please complete the Online Form.

Contact Paul Harris is you have any questions about YPAG.


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