Author: Angela McCormack

Meet Staff! Angie McCormack – Youth Voice

Who Am I? Hi!  I’m Angie McCormack and I work for Rochdale Youth Service as part of Rochdale Borough Council and am on the Youth Voice team, working mostly with Rochdale Borough Children’s Council and Youth Cabinet locally, regionally and nationally.  Everything I do is led by young people, for young people – I am just here to support them in having their voices heard and help them see things from different perspectives. The young people I work with also participate in interview panels, young inspectors, the Youth Opportunity Fund panel, events and campaigns to help improve the lives of their peers. ...

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Youth Opportunity Fund is REOPEN!!!

If you are aged 8-19 and live anywhere in Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood or the Pennines, you now have until Friday 19th July to apply for up to £2000 from the Youth Opportunity Fund!!!  The Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) is funded by Rochdale Borough Council and supported by Rochdale Youth Service.  The YOF can be used to fund activities such as Duke of Edinburgh Award, swimming, a residential, sport activities, arts and crafts, drama and Summer activities.  Members of Rochdale Borough Children’s Council and Youth Cabinet will decide which applications are granted funding and all members have attended training to ensure all applicants...

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Children’s Champion Candidates for the 2019 Elections!

So we now have 6 candidates through to the democratic elections for the Rochdale Borough Children’s Champion…but how did they get there, what will they do and of course, who are they??? Well, this year Rochdale Youth Service had many applications forms after e-mails and applications were sent out to primary schools across the borough of Rochdale and it has been one of the hardest years ever to shortlist the applications as they were all so good!  Members of the children’s council and youth cabinet met to look at the applications and they put 25 through to the interviews, the biggest...

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The Newly Elected MYP for Rochdale Borough – Anita Okunde!

On 13th February 2019, Anita Okunde became the new democratically elected Member of UK youth Parliament (MYP) for Rochdale Borough.  9448 young people aged 11-19 from across the borough voted in the elections this year and 2219 of those votes were for Anita.  Anita was the deputy MYP last year and Louis Tweedale, the former MYP, was voted back in as the deputy.  Anita attends Kingsway Park High School, who have been a great support to Anita through the elections. Anita is passionate about making improvements for the peers around her and has chosen to vote on the following 3...

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What We Got Up to Over Autumn Term…

If you’d like to see what Rochdale Borough Children’s Council and Youth Cabinet got up to and achieved over October – December, take a look at our report with lots of fun, pride and progress… Report-October – December 2018Download 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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RBYC Minutes 4th Dec

Welcome Louis welcomed all members to the meeting and introduced the new ones. Updates and Feedback YP fed back on how youthforia went on Sunday, how much they enjoyed it, found the workshops useful, loved the climbing wall, found the presentation from Liverpool Youth Assembly helpful and will bear it in mind for GMYCA. They also spoke about a meeting with Nurture Psychology in preparation for the mental health action week. Icebreaker  The group played the human knot game to get the ball rolling and practice communication. White Ribbon Blog The young people published a blog on the website...

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White Ribbon Campaign Blog

The White Ribbon Campaign is traditionally tackling male violence against women and this is an issue the youth cabinet are passionate to help tackle.  However, we also feel female violence against men, men against men, women against women, any gender against any gender in any kind of relationship, should be tackled just as much. Sadly, Christmas seems to be a time of year when domestic violence peaks due to a matter of factors including alcohol, stress, work, finance and families being together.  We also believe there is a significant issue with this with people our age due to jealously...

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Rochdale Borough Children’s Council (RBCC) Minutes 17th November 18

Welcome The Children’s Champion welcome all members to the meeting along with the MYP who has visited them today!  Louis introduced himself and the deputy MYP. Updates Mollie has been poorly, but is thankfully better now!  They have been studying WW1 and WW2 at school over the last few weeks and Millie told the group great detail about what they did and learnt about it!  Awais told us about some study he’s been doing and fun with his big brother. Icebreaker Members each had a balloon and a cocktail stick.  They had 1 minute and whoever had a balloon...

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RBYC Minutes 13th November 18

Welcome and Apologies Louis welcomed the new members and shared numerous apologies sent. Updates Fariss updated us about his new job and leaving his current one. Members enjoyed the Remembrance parade. Icebreaker AM gave members a balloon and tooth pick each and gave them 1 minute-whoever had a balloon not popped was a winner.  Members chased each other round and popped balloons. 3 won, but AM mentioned how she didn’t say they had to pop, so as a team they could have won as one group and not popped any. Electoral Team Graham gave an overview on the local...

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Apply NOW to Become the Next MYP for Rochdale Borough!!!

Are you aged 11 – 17 from Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, Milnrow, Littleborough, Wardle or Smallbridge and want to represent the voice of young people across the borough?  Would you like to attend the House of Commons and debate live on TV, just like the adult MPs?  Do you want to make a positive difference to services and issues affecting young people?  Apply now to be the next Member of UK Youth Parliament for the Borough of Rochdale!  Download the application pack here: MYP-Pack2019 If you want to see what the current MYP has been up to this year, take a...

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RBYC Minutes 6th November 18

Welcome MYP welcomed members to the meeting. Minutes Happy with the minutes of the last meeting and all actions have been completed. Updates Members had a quick catch up on what they have been up to over the last week. Icebreaker Members had fun with a team building activity before the meeting started. Youth Work Week The youth service video will be released this week and YP will retweet it.  Also reminded of events this week and finalised the workshop and presentation they are delivering at the full service meeting.  They ran through the presentation and discussed how to...

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RBYC Minutes 30th October 2018

Welcome Louis welcomed all members to the meeting and went through the minutes of the last meeting. Updates Fariss got the job! Amaan told the group about his experience with cadets and Anita updated the group on the GMYCA Conference. Peterloo Sarah introduced herself from Touchstones and introduced Peterloo, explained the massacre in 1819 and the film about to be released. Sarah gave examples of resources and memorabilia which they have from the day and how they’ll show them at the exhibition. Sarah then explained how RBYC could create an artistic product which could demonstrate an issue which they...

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RBYC Minutes 11th October 2018

Welcome and Apologies Quite a few apologies sent today as the meeting clashed with the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority meeting and the Literature Festival which Louis was opening as MYP.  Anita chaired the meeting today as DMYP in Louis’ absence. Updates Amaan has been busy with exams and got many votes from his school, Oulder Hill, in Make Your Mark.  Anita updated us on how it went at Kingsway Park High School too.  Fariss has been practicing for an interview he has coming up. Make Your Mark Anita announced the local results in the Make Your Mark consultation.  The...

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Youth Voice Summer Report 2018!

Heard about Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet, the Member of UK Youth Parliament for the borough, Children’s Council, Children’s Champion, 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 summer and what impact they made by viewing it here: Report-July- September 2018 If you would like to get involved in any of these, please contact Angela McCormack by e-mailing angela.mccormack@rochdale.gov.uk or heather.mellalieu@rochdale.gov.uk. Tweet Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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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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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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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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