I don't follow the youth work press but from time to time I hear of good things happening in Sunderland, so wasn't surprised to learn they've been running a project in which young people are trained to inspect community centres.
Once they have been selected, the candidates, who are all volunteers, go on a two-day course that prepares them for their future task. On the agenda: role playing, communication workshops, feedback exercises… teaching them how to observe, listen, put together reports and work as a team. Once they have been awarded their "certificate of proficiency", they are ready to pay a visit to one of the city’s 42 Community Centres...
The experience conducted in Sunderland has not only considerably improved and maintained the quality of the city’s Community Centres, but it has also won over the local youngsters. Each year, fifteen future inspectors are recruited.
More here on the URBACT site.