This is the latest news from Hinckley & Bosworth Youth Council and all of our subcommittees.
The Jitty Officers should be updating this regularly so all the important news from the Youth Council get uploaded onto The Jitty
Over the past few months, Charnwood Youth Councillors have been working towards a volunteering award organised by the Loughborough Lions Club. Currently four Youth Councillors have received their awards with others soon to be receiving them. The four that have recently received their awards were invited to a gathering with the Loughborough Lions club and were awarded by the Chairman of the group! Youth Councillors, Luke, Anjli and Michael achieved a gold award (100+ hours volunteering) and Rhea achieved a silver award (50+ hours volunteering). Youth Councillor Luke St Denis said "The Lions award gives young people an opportunity to be recognized for the contribution and the part they play in their local communities. It makes me proud to be able to take part in these awards because it makes me realize how much hard work I have put in to my community to help others". Youth councillor Rhea Heath doesn't plan to stop there either, she is now starting from scratch and building up those hours again in order to achieve a gold award "The lions award was a fulfilling and valuable experience of which I thoroughly enjoyed". The four youth councillors all received an certificate, a letter from the lions club and a badge.
Well done everyone!
On 20th April 2012 the Olympic Torch relay test event took place on the section of the official route between Leicester and Peterborough.
Charnwood Youth Councillor, Michael Meyerstein, was nominated by Charnwood Borough Council to participate in the test event for the Olympic torch relay. Michael said "It was an honour to be nominated to take part in the event. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many others will get to do. The whole experience was excellent".
Michael had to carry the torch over a 300 metre stretch, the last part of the leg at Loughborough university. At the end of the stretch Michael was greeted by Lord Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).
The event was covered by many local and national radio and television stations and replicates the route the Olympic torch will take for the official relay.
On Friday 23rd March 2012 7 members of Charnwood Youth Council visited local young people who live in hostels and temporary accommodation provided by local homelessness charities. At the meeting, Youth Councillors explored the issue of youth homelessness and what could be done by participators and services to make them more effective.
This tied into Youth Councillors running a sponsored event entitled "Cardboard City" which saw them sleep rough for a night in cardboard boxes. This raised several hundred pounds for local homelessness charities.
The Youth Councillors found from their meeting with the homeless young people (aged 16-21 years):
- There is an urgent need for more affordable housing and supported accommodation to be made available. Some of the young people said they felt they stayed in temporary accommodation for too long.
- The homeless young people cited that they felt local youth homelessness and housing difficulties were triggered by poor education, poor coping skills, lack of self esteem, diffult family situations, poor parental support, over crowding in the family home and having mental health difficulties.
- Most of the homeless young people felt that the best support they received was from the voluntary sector and the charities.
- Many of the homeless young people felt hindered by the stereotyping and stigma that their situation gave them-making jobs and finding permanent accommodation more difficult.
- Nearly all the homeless young people cited that they felt they had a good directory of information about services and support targeted at them would help. Many stated that they had no idea where to go to find support and how to help themselves. They felt that such a directory would be very beneficial.
- Nearly all the homeless young people stated that they felt help and support wasn't given quick enough.
- Many of the homeless young people mentioned that they felt that training and work placements offered by Councils that targeted them would be a good idea to move forward.
In addition to Charnwood Youth Councils "Cardboard City" event, some video diaries were produced throughout the night for the local "Youth Shelter" to show at their conference style event. Some of the video diaries can be viewed on youtube, just search "charnwood youth council cardboard city" or follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFVSUN1hNmo
Over the past couple of months, there has been a lot of changes that have happened over the past couple of months in the Hinckley & Bosworth area. Young People have had to face some difficult issues and as a result; loss of funding has been cut. This Action Plan is so that the Young People in the Hinckley & Bosworth area can understand what is going on and so that they get all the necessary information and regular updates as to what's going on.
My role in a way is very big part of the Young People in the area as it's my job to tell you guys. I keep in regular contact with all the Student Council Coordinators in the area and make sure that they are getting all the information they need as well to pass it on.
This time of year gets very difficult as there is lots of plans and preparation for when everyone moves on to either a new year group or a new school. One of the key features of your school is that they get as much information as possible from the LA and from the borough council; which is then, hopefully, passed onto you.
The Hinckley & Bosworth Youth Council work very hard to get our views across - but we can only do this without your help and support. As many of you are moving to a different school, we are loosing representatives from over half of the schools in the area.
The Following Schools need to be allocated a representative:
- Brookvale High School - Groby
- Dixie High School - Market Bosworth
- Bosworth College - Desford
- Heathfield High School - Earl Shilton
- Market Bosworth High School
- Mount Grace High School - Hinckley
- Redmoor High School - Hinckley
- Saint Martin's High School - Stoke Golding
- South Charnwood High School
- Twycross House School
If you attend any of the above schools, please do the to get more information about the Youth Council, what we do and who we are.
E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org and talk to Cassie - Our Chair - about getting involved
Alex - School Liaison Officer
Over the past year the Hinckley and Bosworth Youth Council have continued to work with and for the young people from our Borough. We have worked towards many of our objectives set out by the young people of Hinckley and Bosworth from both our Conference this year and last. In this report we will set out to show you our main achievements of this year.
Summary Of Achievements
- Last December we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to run an Ice Rink in the Hinckley town Centre. Citizens of all ages came to use the facility, donating 50p each admission for charity. From the donations, a total of £690.52 was raised and 50% was donated to the Help Haiti Charity, and the other half went to the Air Ambulance, the Mayor’s chosen charity at the time.
Another purpose of the ice rink was to raise awareness of crime and age barriers. Volunteers from HBYC were situated in and around Hinckley town centre, with key rings and badges. These young people stopped passers-by and offered them these freebies. The badges said “Talk to me”, and the idea behind this was to try and encourage older and younger members of the public to break down barriers and talk!
- During January we were also involved in a consultation regarding “Access to Services” where we discussed future options from a young person’s perspective on services such as libraries, Connexions and the emergency services. We were also able to help widen the consultation group of young people by adding the internet questionnaire to the Jitty website.
- Also during January we took part in our annual team building Residential, this year at Lea Green. It was a particularly productive year, with each subgroup putting together presentations of their aims for the year and bidding for part of our budget to put their plans into actions. (More information about the subgroups below). We also were able to welcome new members into the group and improve our team work during this weekend. A group of HBYC members one evening spent a lot of time learning about where we fit into the Borough Council, learning about the way the Council is run and what we would like to see in the future in terms of the way we work together.
- We have continued to run Teen Nights at Elements Night Club which provides a safe and alcohol-free evening for young people to get involved with. This has proved very popular and we now have over 500 young people attending.
- Our Annual General meeting was held in March where our new Executive Committee was elected, details of which can be found at our home page.
- Youth council representatives also assisted with the council-run Play Day in the summer. We helped run a variety of activities, such as face-painting, den-building and the water slide, and enjoyed it just as much as the children and young people actually attending the day! We also helped with both setting up and clearing away the materials needed for the day.
- Four youth council representatives (Cassie Shilladay, Liam Mawhinney, Xavier Kirkcaldy and Libby Bonner) were involved in this year’s European Project, which ran from the 13th to the 21st July. The European project aims to bring together operation. This year it was located in Laatzen, Germany, near Hanover. It was an amazing experience for all involved and has created lasting friendships with people from Poland, Germany, Israel and France. During the trip they had a chance to visit Berlin, Hanover and Laatzen, sample local cuisine and learn lots about all the different nationalities involved. The trip greatly involved most people’s communication skills and confidence.
- Our Annual “Voice of Young People” Conference was held this year at the new venue the “Hinckley Club for Young People”. We had a fantastic day which was extremely effective in setting forward our targets for the next year. We held workshops on the priorities set by young people in the last year’s Conference which were, “Drugs and Alcohol Awareness”, “Travellers Awareness”(which was linked with information about the new Hate Monitoring System) and “Young People and the Media”, where young people explored ways they could do positive things to be reported on instead of complaining about the negative view of young people today.
We were very pleased to be able to hold our Conference at the new HC4YP and were able to help advertise this fantastic new space by being the first group to hold an event there, particularly with so many young people from the surrounding areas.
During the Conference we also set our three main priorities for the coming year, which will become our new subgroups. These were voted for by the approximately 100 young people present at the conference and came out as:
Anti bulling and Stereotyping- we are already in the process of running a Creative Writing Competition on the subject of bullying for years 8 & 9 to raise awareness of the subject and get young people talking about it.
- Safety on the streets- to work towards alternatives for young people drinking in parks/hanging around on the streets. Suggestions have already included more targeted nights at Elements clubs and a video to raise awareness about how to stay safe.
- New Facilities and Cheaper things to do- to include working towards getting a replacement hoist at the Leisure Centre.
We will work towards these aims and have formed our subgroups accordingly for this year.
We hope to continue to work with you to collect the views of the young people of Hinckley and Bosworth and improve life for them and adults alike in and around the town in every way we can!
Report written by:
Chloe Thompson- Ex Chair of the Youth Council
Cassie Shilladay- Ex Vice Chair
At the recent HBYC AGM, elections were held, and after voting the results were shown, so here is the HBYC Exec 2011.
Chair - Cassie
Vice Chair - Xavier
Treasurers - Katy and Dan
Jitty Officer - Keiran G
Press and Publicity - Courtney
Community Forums Officer(s) - Bobbie
Communications Officer - Liam
School Liason Officer - Alex
Inclusion Officer - Kieran D
Congratulations to all the everyone who won the election for each position.
Following our conference for school councils last October, 3 new subgroups were formed according to what the young people thought were the most important issues in the area.
The new subgroups are:
- Safety on the Streets (SOS).
- Anti bullying and stereotyping.
All of the subgroups have got straight on with planning and putting into action new projects for the year, to try and make a difference for young people in the Hinckley and Bosworth area.
Safety on the streets aims to introduce more measures to help young people feel safer on the streets, there main aims are:
- Produce a video of tips of how to stay safe whilst on the streets. We plan to have this completed by the end of the period. This is their main project.
- Create business cards with useful numbers that a young person may need whilst on the streets.
- They also plan on going into schools to discuss street safety.
Anti Bullying and stereotyping:
Their main aim is to create an effective way to combat bullying and stereotyping in schools.
They plan to run a mini conference to discuss their ideas.
The facilities group’s main aim for this year is to try and improve publicity for already existing facilities for young people in the area, rather than trying to create new ones Also, they would like to make sure that the special needs lift in the Leisure centre is fully operational and ready to use at all times.
There is also a connexions subgroup, in which youth council members work with Chris, a connexions worker, to try and improve connexions, find out young peoples knowledge and perception of connexions, and to get more ideas form young people for the service.
A lot of work has already gone into all of these plans by every single subgroup; but there is a lot more to come, especially on our fast approaching residential weekend, on which a lot of these plans will be put into action to get changes made!
Courtney Stephenson; Press& Publicity HBYC.
The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce the results.
Members of Youth Parliament
Deputy Members of Youth Parliament
Thank-you to everyone who stood and everyone who voted.
This year’s conference was a huge success, but as always, this didn’t happen easily. Months of planning from the whole youth council went into making the day happen, so a huge thanks to everyone, young people and youth workers alike.
On arrival, a few hours before the conference was due to start, everyone got straight to work, with a conveyer belt system for filling folders, nervous but excited vibes flying around the room, accompanied by everyone running up and down stairs, in and out of rooms, making sure that everything would be done on time. One thing is certain; everyone was definitely giving preparations 100% effort.
Schools were arriving quick and fast, and after a few minutes of sign in, everyone was shown to the main room, where Chloe and Cassie gave an excellent opening talk before everyone went off to their first workshop.
Young People in the Media Workshop;
Liam led the workshop with great enthusiasm, and his leadership skills grew throughout the day, as he got more familiar with the material. This workshop was all about the media’s impression of young people, and how young people can get good publicity, rather than trying to change the Medias impression of us. The workshop involved finding articles in newspapers and talking about them, as well as the participants’ impression of young people today, using art and annotations. Overall, I think this was the most energetic workshop of the day.
Stop And Tell:
This workshop was based in the large dance studio, one of the many amazing facilities in the new “Green Towers” youth facility. The group seemed extremely focussed and engaged, especially after an interesting ice breaker to get everyone ready.
The workshop had a powerful message, hate crime and bullying using prejudice against travellers as an example, and the groups responded well to the seriousness of the subject, and treated it appropriately.
Anti Drugs and Alcohol:
This energetic workshop was led by Xav, using hard hitting facts teamed with exciting, modern fact games; match the drug, inflatable question balls and a “fruit salad” style ice breaker. Although alcohol and drugs are commonly discussed in schools, this particular workshop seemed to get through to the participants.
The day was an amazing success, with excellent feedback & promising participation in the priority setting section of the day, and those priorities should be set using the notes taken from that feedback very soon. Overall, the group of young people seemed very responsive, and everyone involved put their all into the day, and should be extremely proud of their achievements.
HBYC Press Officer.
Today, The HBYC went for a look around the Multi-Million pound HC4YP Building which was built at Richmond Park in Hinckley. The grand was fantastic and had lots of visitors. The Outcome of the event seemed really popular and they had alot of people join up for their facilities like the gym and the Music Studio.
My personal opinion was that the building was fantastic in every way – It has something for everybody’s taste from a climbing wall to a biking track, sports hall to Function room. It’s amazing. The only thing I was bothered about is the way they weren’t counting people coming in etc. which would’ve been good for the results and made a chart or something to reflect on with the amount of visitors there were.
The HBYC will be holding their annual conference there this year and will show to us all the outcomes of the place and to see if it actually worth all the money. The building seemed rather large and it would be a question to see if we can all keep it under control
By Alex Mc
S.L.O – School Liaisons Officer