NICCY has recently recruited additional members to the Youth Panel. These young people will work on specific sub groups to support our work in the followings areas:
- Campaigning and events;
- Corporate development support.
There are over 50 members of the panel representing different religions, different abilities and disabilities, and of different ethnic groups. The members are also spread geographically throughout Northern Ireland.
From the Panel
We are delighted to introduce ourselves as the new NICCY Youth Panel, and to share with you our first experiences of the organisation.
We heard about the Panel through school, youth clubs or other charities, and filled in an application form in June. We are all very interested in children’s rights, so felt immensely excited on receiving a letter of acceptance.
On Recruitment Day, a staff introduction and icebreaking game put us at our ease. After the Commissioner’s welcome, we chose one of four groups to participate in.
Induction Day took us ‘behind the scenes’ into NICCY. We learned about the staff’s jobs, toured the building, were assigned important tasks and received a Panel Members’ Survival Kit.
Our whole Panel is looking forward to developing our skills through training and experience, so that we can be a great help to the Commissioner and her staff in the future!
NICCY: Behind the scenes
Climbing the stairs on the recruitment day, the new youth panel members nervously ponder what goes on behind the scenes at NICCY. As they open the doors they open themselves to a world of new experiences and ideals.
A sweet icebreaker was played. Chocolates were offered 'as many as you like', but for each eaten an opinion must be shared; any anxieties soon disappeared much like the chocolates!
Initially quiet, the new recruits gradually began to feel at ease with both, new people and surroundings. Discussion followed aided by PowerPoint presentations. This outlined various parts of NICCY ranging from legalities to the communications team. It was obvious that the staff are really passionate about their jobs.
One recruit stated: 'Overall the day was great fun. I'm extremely excited about what's coming up next.'
Working with NICCY does take time and effort, but is by all means a great honour.