We are a radically youth-led charity advocating for local youth forums and young people engaged in youth participation and advocacy at a local level.
Our objective is to advocate for and support local youth forums – groups led by young people (aged 12-26), which aim to understand and advocate for the views of young people within the local area in which they are based – and where no such groups exist, advocate for and support their development. Our remit for this objective is Scotland and other parts of the UK.
We are currently in the process of implementing three main activities: an assessment of current practices and support of local youth forums, the development of a report detailing potential frameworks and improvements that could be made, and providing small grants to help facilitate and foster local youth participation. All these activities will be initially conducted in Scotland.
Some of our key strengths are:
ALYVE UK was initiated as a project by the UK’s Youth Delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in 2019, as part of the Congress’ Rejuvenating Politics’ initiative. ALYVE UK receives support – but not funding or financial contributions – from the Congress over the period between its two sessions in 2019 (the 36th and 37th sessions).