Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Services for Young People youth councils and forums

A youth council is a group of young people keen to make a difference 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..

Services for Young People youth councils are for young people aged 11-17.

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 one of our youth workers and/or a representative from the local council. Both of those supporters have contacts in other agencies to help the group in its work.

Please click on the links below for full details of our youth councils and forums in Hertfordshire.