NYAS works with local authorities and Children in Care Councils to run a series of projects with young people giving them the opportunity to engage, participate and have their voices heard on issues which matter to them.


The NYAS participation team coordinates and facilitates events and projects with young people across England and Wales which provides young people with an opportunity to engage, participate and have their voice heard on issues that matter to them.


Programmes include

Did You Know

NYAS receives funding from charitable trusts, foundations, corporates and individuals which enables the charity to provide additional positive activities for children and young people through our participation programme. The Charity has secured funding for a participation team leader who works full time with children and young people through the participation programme. Art and media programmes.


Click here to donate to our participation programme.

Participation in Action – Digital Life Stories

NYAS secured funding from the Big Lottery “Reaching Communities” programme which has enabled the charity to work with young people across the country to create six Digital Life Stories outlining their experience of being in care.

A group of ten young people in Merseyside were the first cohort to record their film. Together, they wrote, produced, edited and directed their own Digital Life Story depicting their experience of being a young person in care in Liverpool. NYAS and Our Place – Sefton Care Leavers Centre in collaboration with Vivid Echo worked with the young people and four of the young people appear in the film.

Some young people in care feel overlooked.  Digital Life Stories has created a platform for people to develop an understanding of the issues facing young people in care.

The most recent videos are shown below.

The animation From Care to Anywhere was produced by Trunk Film Agency and was inspired by workshops with young people who are in care in Devon and South Wales.

This is who we are was also created by Trunk film agency. It features a poem written by a young person, Sam. NYAS worked on the video alongside Everton in the Community, Edge Hill University and Olympic star Kriss Akabusi and it focuses on the incredible things young people in care can achieve.