Our youth council project aims to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make their voice heard in local decision making.

We deliver a residential training course for new youth councilors with 3 elements:

  • Team Skills – Using adventurous activities such as raft building and high ropes to promote team skills and confidence.

  • Knowledge – Our youth workers deliver informal training workshops using training material form British Youth Council. Young people gain knowledge about youth councils and how local democracy works.

  • Confidence – We work with a performance artist to give young people the confidence to speak up in a meeting. Young people learn about body language and how to project their voice.  The adventurous activities such high ropes, climbing and kayaking help young people to overcome fears and grow in confidence.

We encourage young people to take part in every stage of our decision making process. We encourage representatives of the youth council to attend and participate in our management group meetings.  Youth councillors take ownership of their youth clubs and help to plan, deliver and evaluate a programme of activities.  More informally, our workers listen to feedback from young people after each activity.  Young people have real power to make decisions about our priorities and to make changes to the way that we work.