Healthy lives for young people

About Participation at Brook

Participation can benefit every aspect of Brook, as well as providing new opportunities and experiences to young people and adults.

Brook is committed to involving children, young people, and adults at every level in the organisation and ensuring that their experiences and voices inform our strategic priorities, operations and policy work.

Participation at Brook involves people taking part in structured opportunities which enables them to have their voice heard, be actively involved in decision making, and create measurable and positive change in Brook services through co-design.

We want people to participate at Brook across all ages, genders, sexual identities, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, so we can truly reflect the voices of people across the country in relation to their needs, and experiences associated with sexual health, relationships, and wellbeing.

Participatory groups at Brook are:

  • Meaningful, embedded and well co-ordinated
  • Respectful of each experiential expertise as residents in their local areas
  • Trained and supported to share ideas, collaborate and feel valued
  • Diverse and inclusive
  • Committed to Brook’s vision and values

Importantly, we track the journeys of participants so that we can report on how the skills and experience that they have gained have supported them in their education/career pathways, and general wellbeing. We do this by:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the experience built into each participation group’s process.
  • Close the loop – feedback about their impact and celebrate their participation at Brook.

If you’re a professional and are interested in collaborating with Brook around participation opportunities for children and young people, or adults, please contact the Participation Team on participation@brook.org.uk


The Participation Team

Kelly Harris, Participation Lead

Kelly is a qualified youth worker who has been working with children and young people for 20 years in variety of roles whilst championing their rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As Participation Lead for Brook, Kelly is excited to learn more about what issues are important to children, young people and adults in relation to health and well-being, and provide opportunities for them to influence and shape Brook’s services across the UK.

Sarah Simons, Participation Coordinator

Over the last ten years Sarah has worked with young people across the UK, and in Africa. As Participation Coordinator for Brook Sarah feels that participation is an essential part to any person-centred organisation. Sarah will coordinate participation to ensure that people’s views and lived experiences are embedded into Brook’s work, to improve Brook’s services, and to know it’s what people want and need.

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