Youth Voice Y&H

Youth Voice Yorkshire & Humber is unique in the region being a representative regional body led by young people speaking out and working to ensure young people’s views are heard and are taken seriously in matters which affect them. Youth Voice Y&H have met with MPs and MEPs, with police and crime commissioners, LA officers, Councillors, health bodies, service providers, businesses and others to progress their concerns or in response to invitations and consultations.

Youth Voice Steering Group (YVSG)

Youth Voice work in Yorkshire and the Humber is led by young people through the Youth Voice Steering Group, made up of one young person from each LA area across the region and regional youth voice groups. They focus on issues that cross LA geographical boundaries, plan and drive the work forward. This embodies the YWU’s commitment to promoting young people’s voice and influence which is a key objective for the YWU and is set out in our Youth Voice strategy.

The YVSG meets quarterly to plan, facilitate and evaluate thematic events and gatherings for groups of their peers where they can meet with and influence Decision and Policy Makers.  They also plan and help deliver the annual induction residential training event. A key role is applying for funding to deliver their work over the course of the year.

You can read the final report of the Erasmus+ funded Yorkshire and the Humber Youth Voice project here:

Y&H Youth Voice Report Jan 2020

Youth Voice Activities

Most Local Authorities buy into the YWU’s broad based regional Youth Voice (YV) offer which complements and extends the range of work they undertake locally, giving young people opportunities to progress and to have a voice at a regional level. Our YV includes the following activities

  • National representation – support to young people who sit on the following bodies
    • National Young Inspectors
    • DCMS Civil Society Youth Steering Group
    • Bank of England Youth Advisory Group
  • Regional campaign and youth network meetings
    • Young LGBTQ+
    • Children in and Leaving Care
    • Young SEND
    • Y&H youth-led social action
    • Regional Youth Climate Assembly
    • Regional Transport Group
    • Sheffield City Region Youth Combined Assembly
    • West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health Care Partnership Youth Board
  • Regional support meetings for Youth Voice staff
    • Staff who support young LGBTQ+
    • Staff who support CiC Councils
    • Staff who support young SEND
    • Staff who support youth-led social action
  • Overview of YV activity across the region
  • Weekend induction leadership residential training

YWU in partnership with British Youth Council

The YWU is also a partner to the British Youth Council and holds the contract with them for all youth voice work in Y&H. This funding supports a specific calendar and range of youth voice activities:

  • 3 regional meetings or conventions
  • An induction day for members of UK Youth Parliament and deputies
  • Make your Mark vote
  • Annual UKYP sitting in July
  • House of Commons debate in November
  • Support for national campaign
  • A Y&H representative on the National Scrutiny panel

Please contact Charlee Bewsher, the Youth Voice Co-ordinator, if you would like any further details and see the Latest News section for updates on YV activities:

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