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The London Gold Award Forum is a group consisting of 14 Gold participants (all at different stages of the award) from across London. Established in November 2005 we are the first year to take part, in what hopes to be come a permanent forum with a change in committee every year.
Our ages range from 17-24 and we provide a broad representation of young people in terms of gender, ethnicity, culture and socio-economic background. It provides us with a fantastic opportunity to get young people opinions heard, and to input into a variety of issues which affect young people.
The forum assists in the planning and development of the Award at both a national and regional level. The purpose of the award is to make the award accessible to young people and to give young people doing the award a voice. The forum can also act as a consultation point for Award staff and partner organizations. So far we have consulted on the Governments \u2018Youth Matters\u2019 paper, met HRH Earl of Wessex, been involved in the London Arts Project, and various 50th anniversary events. We have even been to Head Office and spoke to Peter Westgarth and several other Regional Directors. Much emphasis is placed on young people having a say in the design and decision-making process for the programmes and provisions that they are involved in.
Part of the role of the forum is also to plan for 5 international projects over the next 5 years, with The Gambia being the first. The aim is to establish links and programmes for future groups in 5 different countries to enable London Operating Authorities, Schools and Youth Groups to Access affordable international ventures without the need for commercial providers, and thereby offering young people the opportunity to participate in an international volunteering experience at an affordable price.
Each forum will look to design future projects, and produce a final report detailing what can be done in conjunction with sister Duke of Edinburgh organizations in other countries.
In order to enable a full understanding of the needs of countries young people,, each forum will look to travel to the country to participate in project deign and to carry out in- depth research into \u2018joined up projects\u2019 with a view to establishing links and programmes for future groups
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