Month: July 2016


Make Your Mark is a national consultation  which all young people can participate in.  The ballot paper shows 10 issues which affect young people across the UK and young people tick which is the most important issue to them.  The top 5 voted issues are then debated on in House of Commons between MYPs from across the UK on Friday 11th November, before they vote which 2 should be the national campaigns for the next 12 months.  You can watch the debates live on BBC Parliament and online! It gets all young people, schools and colleges from across the UK involved. Quite often the...

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British Youth Council Annual Sitting

Tabitha Rusden, the Rochdale Borough MYP, attended the Annual Sitting with MYPs from across the UK from 22nd – 24th July at York University.  Tabitha was representing all young people from the Rochdale Borough and attended workshops to learn new skills about how to campaign and make life better for young people locally, regionally and nationally.  The MYPs also debated and voted and which motions to pass ready for the national consultation, Make Your Mark. The MYPs had guests speakers including the speaker of the House of Commons, Right Honour John Bercow MP, who supports young people having their voice...

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Newly Elected Childrens Champion

A big welcome on board to our newly elected Children’s Champion and Deputy.  Hannah Nazir has been voted in as our new Children’s Champion by children in primary schools across Rochdale Borough and Madeline Bamford as the Deputy. They were elected with 7,618 votes.  Hannah was elected with her 3 manifesto points which were: more swimming in schools from year 4 onwards, more awareness for online safety and more youth clubs.  We look forward to working alongside them both and achieving their campaigns. Tweet Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in...

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Children in Care Council (CiCC)

Rochdale Borough CiCC, the ‘Listen Up Group’, meets fortnightly at Matthew Moss Youth Centre to give young people in care the opportunity have their voice heard and help improve local services provided.  They frequently speak to the corporate parenting board (CPB) to express any issues, concerns or praises from young people in care.  The last CPB meeting focused on ‘health’ and the CiCC gave a presentation about their views and experiences as cared for children.  The next subject they will be focusing on is ‘placement, choice, stability’. The group are currently wanting to recruit new members and are planning to have some...

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Northern Powerhouse

Young people from across the North of England are working together to try and overcome the North/South divide and encourage more people to invest in Northern England as much as they do in Southern England.  On Saturday 9th July, RBYC members attended a Northern Powerhouse event at Huddersfield University to share their views on transport, education, health services and youth voice across the North of England.  After attending workshops and working on a plan of action, they fed back to key decision makers and discussed how they feel they should be involved when agreeing what should be on the...

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