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Talking politics

It’s important to ensure that young people have their say. In Wirral, there are a number of different ways in which they can have their voices heard and make a difference to the communities in which they live:

Executive Youth Board

The Executive Youth Board shadows the council’s elected board and ensures that young people are consulted on policies that may affect them.

How to get involved:

Tell us why you’d like to be a member of the Executive Youth Board, what you can contribute and what you’d like to achieve. Applications are considered every summer and membership usually involves attending a couple of meetings a month.

You can post your application to:

Michelle Langan
Participation & Workforce Development
Youth Support Service
Response
19 Argyle St
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AD

Or email us

Youth Voice Conference & Youth Parliament

The annual Youth Voice Conference and Youth Parliament is held each year during Local Democracy Week in October. It culminates in a full council meeting, where elected members are replaced by young people.

How to get involved:

All local secondary schools are invited to take part. Speak to your citizenship / humanities teacher.

United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP)

The UK Youth Parliament has 600 elected MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament). Of these, Wirral has two members. The UKYP exclusively focuses on issues affecting young people.

How to get involved:

Elections take place in February, and are advertised through all secondary schools, training providers, Connexions and the Youth Support Service.

Youth Forums and Youth Voice Group

Youth Forums are meetings where teenagers can discuss and take action on issues that are important to them. They’re held once a month across each of Wirral’s four constituencies. Every year, the Youth Forums allocate £2,500 funding to projects for young people.

The Youth Voice Group is a team of young people who meet monthly to help shape council policy and debate current issues affecting young people.

How to get involved:

Details of the meetings are advertised through all secondary schools, training providers, Connexions and the Youth Support Service. You can contact the Wirral Youth Support Service on 0151 666 3960.

To join the Youth Voice Group, please contact Seline Wakerley at selinewakerley@wirral.gov.uk.

Children and Young People's Reference Group

Young people who are in the group are consulted about the improvements Wirral Council’s Children and Young People’s Department and its partners want to make to services

Children and young people have the opportunity to meet senior officers from the council and other organisations, to let them know what is important to them and what changes they want to make

Who is involved

A mix and range of interested young people – some of whom are representative of other participation groups (such as the Children in Care Council, Youth Voice Group, UKYP, SEND Reference Group and District Youth Forums). The group will be chaired by Deborah Gornik who is the Head of Targeted Services in the Children’s Department of Wirral Council.

Benefits for young people:

  • the chance to develop skills in debating, citizenship and politics
  • the opportunity to be involved in major consultations to shape the Children’s Department’s new and existing services
  • the chance to compete awards and certificates in relevant work, i.e. peer education etc.
  • other opportunities, for example to:
  • take part in interview panels for staff in the Children’s Department
  • Elected Member Training

Recruitment

The initial meeting of the new group will take place on Wednesday 2 November 2016, 5.30pm at Pilgrim Street Arts Centre in Birkenhead.

Meetings

The frequency of the meeting will be monthly in the first instance and each meeting will not last longer than 1½ hours.

Further Information

For further information please contact:

Lindsay Davidson, Senior Manager on 0151 666 4380 / lindsaydavidson@wirral.gov.uk