Youth Council

Bolton Youth Council is a diverse group of young people aged 13-19 years old, who are actively involved in making decisions in the Borough of Bolton. We work with lots of different services, groups and organisations to make sure that young people are able to shape and influence decisions that concern our lives.

In order to link people into the community and becoming interested in democracy, we have worked with councillors in Bolton and created events and campaigns such as the annual Local Democracy Week Speed Rating Event to get young people to consult together about issues that affect their lives. 

Bolton Youth Council have recently been involved in the Youth Vision conference for young people encouraging young people to have  a voice in the 2030 vision for Bolton, they have presented this information to the adults Vision Conference in which they successfully lead a 30 minute session to the participants.
 
Two representatives from the Youth Council attended the newly formed YCA (Youth Combined Authority) meeting in Manchester to work on how Bolton young people can have a voice within Greater Manchester and have an influence on policy and campaigns for young people.

The Youth Council have also been involved in working with the Head of Service Public Health Strategy Team with commissioning of the  0-19 service, the young people were given the opportunity to take part in the consultation to say how they feel what the service should concentrate on.

Youth MPs

After months of campaigning and balloting Ella Tinniswood, aged 13, from Westhoughton, and Jonathan Owen, aged 15, from Hall i'th' Wood were declared the new Bolton Youth MPs, after securing 3,095 and 3,091 votes respectively with a total turnout for the election was 20,883, soundly beating last year's record by over 10 per cent.

As part of their new roles, the Youth MPs will be responsible for finding out the concerns, interests and needs of other young people in Bolton, and discuss these at local, regional and national levels.
They will also meet with MPs, Councillors, and key decision makers, attend regional meetings and sit with the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons once a year.

They will be deputised by Molly McDermott from Bolton St Catherine’s Academy and Nat Entwistle from Thornleigh Salesian College, as outgoing Bolton Youth MPs Jonathan Wright and Jaya Patel, who would usually take up the roles, head off to university.

Healthy Minds Project

Healthy Minds Youth Project is an action group of young people aged 13- 19 years delivered in partnership with Bolton Council Play & Youth Service and Bolton CAMHS focusing on consulting and raising an awareness of the stigma that is attached to young people and their mental and emotional health. Healthy minds Youth  meet on the first Tuesday of the month They are currently working on a anti stigma campaign  #Bekindtomymind.

Healthy Minds Youth Project are currently working in partnership with Bolton CCG to develop a poster campaign across Bolton to combat stigma, they have also invited Kooth from XenZone, an online counselling and emotional well-being platform  to explain to the young people what it is and how they can get access to it.

Voice 4 U

Voice 4 U is a Children in Care Council for young people aged 13-19 years old who are the voice of young people who are looked after in Bolton. They meet regularly to discuss issues around young people who are looked after and work with decision makers to influence changes. They also have an outreach worker who can  meet with young people outside of the group on topics that are being looked at within the action group.

Voice 4 U have recently designed and created a new Corporate Parenting Badge to highlight to young people who their corporate parents are, they have presented these to officers, elected members, social workers, designated LAC teachers and Education Learning Mentors within the council.

Voice 4 U have also attended a North West Children in Care Conference to have a voice about looked after young people regionally, this was a great event for Bolton Young people in which they got a chance to feedback positives and concerns to Ofsted Officers and colleagues from the Children's Commissioners Office.

 

5 - 19 Service

Paderborn House

Howell Croft North

Bolton

BL1 1UA

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