More than voice, more than a survey! Part 4: Influence

In this series of blogs, #BeeWell explores how we are using the Lundy Model of Child Participation in different aspects of the programme. We will post one blog every Wednesday for five weeks, then publish the full case study document.

The Lundy Model of Participation identifies four areas for good practice in children and young people’s participation. They are: Space, Voice, Audience & Influence. In Greater Manchester, organisations also work to include Impact as another key area of youth participation. Our blogs provide a case study on each of these key themes in our youth participation work.


Blog 4: Influence

In #BeeWell, we recognise and support young people’s developing and genuine capacity to form and express thoughtful and realistic views. We value lived experiences and the everyday expertise of being a young person. We take young people’s views seriously and are able to use data to demonstrate that young people’s views and experiences of the world are valid and should be used to shape services within the city region.

The Youth Steering Group have commissioned two small projects in response to the #BeeWell findings. We always ensure that the steering group know where their ideas have gone and what has, or hasn’t been done as a result. With the support of Children in Need and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership we have also commissioned and are supporting a peer social prescribing project.

Peer social prescribing pilot: #BeeWell Champions

The #BeeWell Champions project involves training young people and equipping them with the tools, support and networks to make a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing​. The young people participating in this will be able to use their views and developing knowledge to impact decision about funding and what might improve the wellbeing of young people in their neighbourhoods. They will be able to put these into action with pots of money.

The pilot includes…

  • RSPH Level 2 Award for Young Health Champions to Year 9 pupils​
  • Young people take on role of #BeeWell Champions in their school, organising wellbeing campaigns and drawing on survey findings​
  • £20K Youth-Led commissioning pot per neighbourhood
  • Schools encouraged to work together on collective outcomes​


“We want to make it apparent that youth co-creation is effective. #BeeWell is by young people and involves us and so it’s a real success.” – #BeeWell Youth Steering Group member.


Next steps & improving influence:  

  • preparing audiences to listen to CYP,
  • developing a consultation check list, that helps the #BeeWell Youth Steering Group decide what we want to be involved with,
  • follow up more with people with influence, to understand if changes have or haven’t happened and why, and improve the feedback loop to young people.