During the summer holidays, members of RBYC attended the Greater Manchester Youth Assembly (GMYA) meeting with young people from across all areas of Greater Manchester – Rochdale, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Salford, Tameside, Trafford, Manchester and Stockport.. They get together to work on a larger scale to tackle issues affecting all local authorities such as transport, health and education. During this meeting, they discussed and voted on which points should or shouldn’t be added to their manifesto as issues to work and campaign on and will meet again soon to put a plan of action in place.
After the GMYA meeting, young people from other areas across the North West such as Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, joined up with the young people to discuss how Brexit will impact upon young people. Chris Marland from Rochdale who is the UK Ambassador for the European Youth Forum, delivered the afternoon activities and had young people expressing their opinions about Brexit, the rise in hate crime since the referendum, what they agree or disagree with and how it will impact on the youth of today. They then got in groups and put together their hopes, fears and recommendations on how services will be by 2025 after leaving the EU. These will be fed back to help improve services for young people and allow their voices to be heard.