Author: Angela McCormack

Youth Opportunity Fund Now Open!

Are you aged 8-19, live in Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood or the Pennines and want some money to do something, go somewhere or talk to someone?  Why not apply for up to £2000 from the Youth Opportunity Fund?  Young people aged 8-19 from Rochdale Borough Children’s Council and Youth Cabinet decide who the funding is granted for.  The fund is provided by Rochdale Borough Council an dis supported by Rochdale Youth Service. Adults can support you in your application and please bear in mind that we want to support as many projects as possible, so please keep your applications realistic.  Any person or organisation...

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Children’s Council Campaign to Tackle Homelessness Across Rochdale Borough

One of the key campaigns on the manifesto of the newly elected Children’s Champion, Millie Connor, for the borough of Rochdale is tackling homelessness across the borough.  The Children’s Council are in full support of this and are working hard to try and support homeless people and homeless charities.  They have made a donation box located at Matthew Moss Youth Centre and are welcoming people to donate food, blankets, basic hygiene and money to help local people who have been made homeless.  Members are also planning fundraising events and aim to donate any money raised to local charities in order...

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Children’s Champion for Rochdale Borough

In July 2018, the new Children’s Champion and Deputy were democratically elected after school across the Borough participated in the elections.  8579 children voted in the elections this year and Millie Connor, aged 10 from Holy Trinity Primary School was elected as the new Children’s Champion for the Borough of Rochdale with 2244 votes and Isabelle Stott, aged 9 from Woodland Community Primary School, was elected as the deputy. The other candidates were Molly Judge, James Cawley, Soha Hussain and Alisha Khan and all did very well in the elections, leaving very close results! The new manifesto for this year is...

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Former MYP Awarded the Diana Award

Sarah Mahmood, aged 16, is the former Member of UK Youth Parliament for the borough of Rochdale and has been recognised by the Royal Family for all her hard work with support of the Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet.  Sarah will be presented with the Diana Award, the most prestigious award a young person can receive, on Friday 28th September at Althorp House, the childhood home for Princess Diana. Sarah worked hard during her year as MYP and has set a good example to her peers.  She listened well to them and acted on the feedback, focusing particularly on mental...

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Make Your Mark 2018!

Are you aged 11-18 years and live in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, Littleborough, Wardle, Milnrow, Belfield, Smallbridge or Newhey?  Would you like issues which affect people your age to be debated in the House of Commons by your UK Youth Parliament?  Louis Tweedale, the Member of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) for Rochdale Borough will be representing YOU in the House of Commons on Friday 9th November and wants to know what issues YOU want sorting!  The top 10 issues raised by young people this year are: Mental Health – mental health services should be improved with young people’s help; and should be available...

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Cheaper Transport for 16-18 Year Olds!!!

After years of campaigning locally and regionally, a big step has finally been taken to provide young people with cheaper transport.  Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet (RBYC) have been involved in the Greater Manchester youth Assembly (GMYA) and having their say in the GM Devolution over the past few years.  One of the biggest issues raised across the Rochdale borough, along with all 9 other local authorities across Greater Manchester, is the cost of transport for young people.  MP Andy Burnham, the recently elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, has been meeting with GMYA and listened well to the issues they have...

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Vote Now in Make Your Mark 2017!

Are you aged 11-19 years and live in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, Littleborough, Wardle, Milnrow, Belfield, Smallbridge or Newhey?  Would you like issues which affect people your age to be debated in the House of Commons by your UK Youth Parliament?  Sarah Mahmood, the Member of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) for Rochdale Borough will be representing YOU in the House of Commons on Friday 10th November and wants to know what issues you want sorting!  The top 10 issues raised by young people this year are: A curriculum to prepare us for life – including sex, relationships, finance and politics. Votes at 16...

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RBYC Minutes 3rd August

All YP welcome and a few apologies sent in due to summer holidays. Update on Town Hall Development Project: The video was played to the group which they were filmed as part of.  Jonathan exlained how the bid has not been successful this year due to other projects submitted, but have been encouraged to reapply. They shared their thoughts about how to improve the bid for next time. They discussed how to make Rochdale more creative and what opportunities are missing for children and young people.  They also spoke about how to apply differently next time. Ideas were shared...

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RBYC Meeting Minutes 20th July 2017

All members welcome and a few apologies sent.  MYP Sarah Mahmood chaired the meeting. Residential: Jemma introduced herself from the peace foundation based in Warrington which formed after the terrorist attack. Some YP were killed as part of the attack and parents created documentary in Ireland.  There is now a peace centre at which they offer courses and training.  YP offered a free residential at the end of July including transport and they would attend workshops around peace and leadership, for which they get a recognised award.  There is also another residential next week for 15-17 year olds. Opportunity:...

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Youth Voice Report Spring 2017!

Heard about Rochdale borough youth cabinet, the Member of Youth Parliament, Children’s Council, Young Carers Forum or the Children in Care Council and wonder what exactly they get up to across Rochdale borough, the North West and the UK?  Take a look at the report to see what they did over spring and what impact they made by viewing it here: RYS Youth Voice Termly Report Spring 2017 If you would like to get involved in any of these, please contact Angela McCormack by e-mailing angela.mccormack@rochdale.gov.uk Tweet Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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Jargon Buster

Want some clarity on the jargon used on this site?  This should help! MYP – Member of UK Youth Parliament DMYP – Deputy Member of UK Youth Parliament BYC – British Youth Council RBYC – Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet RBCC – Rochdale Borough Children’s Council UKYP – United Kingdom Youth Parliament MYM – Make Your Mark GMYA – Greater Manchester Youth Assembly GMD – Greater Manchester Devolution YouthForia – regional meeting where young people from all across the North West meet up to work on campaigns and regional issues. YP – Young People RBC – Rochdale Borough Council CC – Children’s Champion DCC – Deputy Children’s Champion CiCC – Children in Care Council CPB – Corporate Parenting Board...

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Final Words from Former Children’s Champion and Deputy!

The democratically elected Children’s Champion for the borough of Rochdale 2016 – 17 was Hannah Nazir and the Deputy was Madeleine Bamford.  They, with the support of Rochdale Borough Children’s Council, put together a manifesto with 3 campaign points and worked hard over their term of office to improve services and lives for local children.  Here is what Hannah and Madeleine want you to know about what they did over the year: Hannah: I had 3 campaign points and these have made up the manifesto for the Children’s Council for the last year. These were: To get more children...

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Rochdale Borough Children’s Champion Election 2017 Results!!!

On Tuesday 4th July, Hannah Nazir reached the end of her term of office and handed the medal over to the new democratically elected Children’s Champion for the borough of Rochdale.  Madeleine Bamford, the deputy Children’s Champion, also handed her position over.  After going through the process of applying for the position, being shortlisted by children’s council members and attending an interview, the 6 candidates made the fantastic achievement of making it through to the elections.  The candidates were: Aiyla Abbas – Marland Hill CPS David Almond – Caldershaw Primary School George Holt – Littleborough CPS Imogen Bramwell –...

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Children’s Champion Elections 2017!

http://rochdaleyouthvoice.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Children-Champion-Approval-2.mp4 The Rochdale borough Children’s Champion democratic elections are now taking place in primary schools across Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and the Pennines!  After receiving 64 applications this year, the current Children’s Champion (Hannah Nazir), Deputy (Madeleine Bamford) and members of the Children’s Council had the challenge of shortlisting them down to 20 by reading all applications and choosing the best ones with realistic campaigns to work on.  The 20 shortlisted applicants then came to an interview day at Matthew Moss Youth Centre and gave a 1 minute presentation to the interview panel to introduce themselves and say 3 issues...

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Youth Cabinet Meeting 22nd June

Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet met on Thursday 22nd June in the council chambers to make progress with their campaign points and help improve lives and services for young people across the borough.  See what was on the agenda for the meeting here: Rochdale Youth Council Meeting Agenda 22nd June 17 Here are the minutes following on fro the meeting.  If you have any questions or would like to be involved, please get in touch! AGENDA ITEM Item ACTION 1 Welcome   1.1 All members welcomed by the chair and MYP, Sarah Mahmood. AM and a few other members mentioned apologies sent. None...

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Termly Report

See what the Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet, Children’s Council, Young Carers Forum and Children in Care Council got up to over last term!  Download the exciting report here: RYS Youth Voice Termly Report Winter 2017 Tweet Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Mental Health Campaign

One of the most commonly raised issues by young people across the borough of Rochdale, the North West of England and the whole of the UK over the past few years is mental health awareness and the quality, accessibility and knowledge of services for young people.  Due to it being raised more and more, one of our former MYPs, Leon Hollinrake, started an on going campaign to tackle the stigma attached to mental health issues, raise awareness of how common it is and improve support and services available to young people in Rochdale. As part of this campaign, the Youth Cabinet met...

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RBYC Meeting Minutes from 16th March 2017

  Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet   Minutes Date of Meeting: Thurs 16th March 2017 Time From To 18:00 20:00 Venue: Matthew Moss Youth Centre   AGENDA ITEM Item ACTION 1 Welcome   1.1 All members welcomed by the new chair and MYP, Sarah Mahmood. AM mentioned few apologies sent. None 2 Updates   2.1 Louis – got concussion earlier in the week after a bang! Starting to come round form it now. Louis and Sarah – were interviewed at school today for the BBC school report and all went well! They will keep an eye out for the link...

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Cared for Children Survey – Listen Up

Rochdale Borough’s Children in Care Council, the Listen Up group, want to find out if cared for children, young people and care leavers across Rochdale borough feel that they get to participate in decisions which are important to them.  The theme of the next Corporate Parenting Board meeting on the 16th March is participation and therefore, this is a good opportunity to let people know if children and young people cared for in Rochdale borough feel involved in decisions made about them and services provided for them.  If you are a care leaver or a child/young person in care, please share your thoughts around...

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Newly Elected MYP & Deputy for Rochdale Borough with 11,000 Votes!

On Wednesday 15th February, the results of the democratic Member of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) Elections for the Rochdale Borough were anno0unced at Rochdale Town Hall.  Tabitha Rusden, the former MYP and Amelia Betham, the former Deputy MYP, handed the medals over to the new Deputy, Louis Tweedale, and the new MYP, Sarah Mahmood, both from Hollingworth Academy. Hannah Nazir and Madeleine Bamford, the current Children’s Champion and Deputy, hosted the event and special guests including the Mayor, Gail Hopper (the director of children’s services), councillor Donna Martin and Councillor Janet Emsley, were also at the event and said some...

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