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Youth Councillor interviews and achievements

The Derbyshire Youth Council (DYC) feel it is really important that Young People's Voices are heard in Derbyshire.

Young Carers Celebration Event Award

Oliver and Shaun were presented with an award on behalf of the DYC at the 'Young Carers Celebration Event' in July 2016 for the 'most progressive pledge to Healthwatch' to offer a 'designated seat' onto the Derbyshire Youth Council for a young carer representative. Well done to everyone involved.

Make Your Mark 2016

The Derbyshire Youth Council have been very busy over the last few months collecting ballots in schools, colleges, shopping centres, skills festivals and events, to add to the Make Your Mark total for 2016. The year the Derbyshire Youth Council managed to collect 22,948 votes in comparison to 17,230 in 2015, an amazing fete of logistical thinking and team work with the DYC, our Derbyshire Schools and partners. Derbyshire were ranked number four in the top 20 local constituency/authorities with a 30.40% turnout.

The results are in and the top issues our members voted on nationally are:

  1. A curriculum to prepare us for life
    Schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum.

  2. Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish
    All young people should work together to combat racism and other forms of discrimination, and ensure we know the dangers of such hatred.

  3. Transport
    Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.

  4. Votes at 16
    Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections and referendums.

  5. Stop cuts that affect the NHS
    Funding that affects the NHS shouldn't be cut. We must keep up vital services to protect young people.

The DYC and the British Youth Council along with other youth councils nationally will now take these topics to the House of Commons in November 2016 and vote on these issues and narrow them down to two issues to present to the current Government to add to their manifesto for young people.

Youthinc We Grant

The DYC also presented cheques to organisations around the county as part of the Youthinc We Grant Funding scheme that went live in the summer. A total of £39,350.00 funding was allocated to youth and community groups around the county.

A group of young people from the DYC and the CICC presented a cheque to one of the projects the 'Altitude' festival at the Mount Cook Adventure Centre on Sunday 18 September 2016 for £1,100.00.

Children's Commissioners Office 'Take Over Days' by the DYC

The DYC have taken part in various projects as part of the 'Take Over Day' initiative from the Children's Commissioners Office. Takeover is a fun, hugely successful and exciting engagement project which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles. It puts children and young people in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Children gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.

So far the DYC have taken part in taking over:

  • Buxton Museum
  • Chesterfield Library
  • Police and Crime Commissioners Strategic Governance Board Meeting
  • Derby Silk Mill Making Museum
  • Major for the Day at Chesterfield.

Two of the DYC stepped into the shoes of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa for the day as part of a campaign.

Commenting ahead of the event, Mr Dhindsa said:

"I'm delighted to be welcoming these youngsters into the world of policing and giving them the chance to sample the day-to-day business of being a PCC.

"This event very much supports my beliefs on giving young people a greater role to play in public life, respecting and valuing their opinions and above all listening to what they have to say.

"Young people flourish when they are encouraged and trusted with responsibility and Take Over Day gives young people the perfect platform to demonstrate their skills and talents."

Max and Lawrence shadowed the PCC throughout the day on Monday 24 October 2016 seeing to the business of keeping the county safe. Max and Lawrence played an active role in a special policing meeting at the Postmill Centre in South Normanton, which discussed policing performance, antisocial behaviour, missing persons, child sex exploitation, gangs and weapons. They also discussed the results of a report from the PCC's Youth Restorative Justice Service Remedi and respectfully challenged the Chief Constable Mick Creedon over the force's performance report.

Luke and Iona also attended the meeting and were interviewed on Radio Derby to give their views on being involved in the DYC.

George, Max and Joe took part in the Silk Mill Making Museum 'Making' day. All young men devised, resourced and planned their own workshops to facilitate to members of the public during the day. The event was a huge success with those attending really engaging in their planned activities and at the same time learning about the historical content of the Silk Mill and Derby.

Luke, Joe, Max, Shaun and George took part in the workshops held during half term to work on resources for the DYC Campaign 'Don't Hate Educate' tackling religious and racial discrimination especially against Muslim and Jewish people. The boys made an iconic image sculpture, a 'Popies4Peace' arrangement and created a 'Jackson Pollock' style banner for the display back drop.

The pieces will be used in a display at County Hall from the 8 November until 21 November 2017.

DYC members have pledged to attend their local community Remembrance Day parades with their uniformed groups, Parish, county or MP.

Other 'Take Over' events planned are to shadow Councillor Jim Coyle and Jane Parfrement, strategic director of children's services.