Youth councils in Herts
A youth council is a group of young people keen to change things in their local area.
Whether it is looking for somewhere for young people to hang out, looking for things to do, such as music/dance events, promoting the need for larger skate parks, park equipment such as basketball hoops or football nets or raising awareness of wider issues such as transport, sexual health and personal safety, youth councils aim to improve the lives of young people in their local area..
Youth councillors are all aged between 11 and 19 years of age (up to 24 if they have a learning difficulty or disability).
How does it work?
The group of youth councillors gets together on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, dependent on their needs. They discuss the problems young people face and how situations can be improved. They come up with ideas on how to talk to other young people, listen to what they have to say and put together a plan of action which could include completing applications for funding.
This plan is then taken forward either by youth councillors themselves or taken to the people who make the decisions on what happens in their area - this could be local councillors, district councillors or sometimes county councillors. Others such as the police, the PCT (NHS) and leisure services can also be involved depending on the issue or event.
All groups are supported by a Youth Connexions youth worker and/or a representative from the local council. Both of those supporters have contacts in other agencies to help the group in its work.
How to get involved
Any young person is welcome to visit their local youth council to see what it is all about.
Follow the links below to see full details of the youth councils across Hertfordshire.
- Berkhamsted Youth Council
- Broxbourne Youth Council
- Buntingford Youth Council
- Elstree and Borehamwood Youth Council
- Hemel Hempstead Youth Council
- North Herts Youth Council
- St Albans and Harpenden Youth Council
- Stevenage Youth Council
- Three Rivers Youth Council
- Tring Youth Council
- Watford Youth Council
- Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council
Watch this great video about Stevenage Youth Council, performed by one of its members Yvan:
Read why Alex, a former member of St Albans Youth Council, implores you to get involved and volunteer!
Read an example of a survey by a youth council
Hemel Youth Council recently did a survey. The aims of the study were to identify how transport is currently used by young people to reach Jarman Park, how access to the park and the facilities, in particular the Youth Connexions services, might be improved and to make recommendations on that basis. Read their report.