Author: Angela McCormack

Rochdale Youth Service Virtual Programme!

With the Covid-19 keeping us ass at home to help save lives and the NHS, the usual sessions run by Rochdale Youth Service are currently not going ahead or are now taking place online. Please stay home, keep safe, respect those around you and continue to have fun by taking a look at our virtual programme to help keep you entertained. Get involved to help take care of your physical, emotional, social and mental health throughout this time at home and if you need any support or want to chat to a youth worker, please get in touch! Tweet...

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Therapy Pets Campaign Progress

Erin Buckley, the democratically elected Children’s Champion for the borough of Rochdale, has been passionately campaigning to have pets in schools across the borough. She chose this issue to work on in order to help improve education for children and young people and help those who are struggling or need support with issues at school. One primary school in the borough did used to have the head teacher’s pet dog in school and he was pleased to share how positive it made, not only children and young people, but also staff. This had a huge impact on the quality...

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VOTE NOW!!!

Voting in the democratic elections for the Member of UK Youth Parliament for the Borough of Rochdale is now open! If you live, or attend education in, Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, Littleborough, Wardle, Bellfield or Milnrow, then you have the right to vote who the next MYP should be. Their role is to represent YOU, whether they agree with you or not, on a local, regional and national scale, as well as to campaign and make improvements locally to the lives and services for young people. Voting is taking place in schools and colleges across the borough until Friday 7th...

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Meet Staff!! Jamshed Miah – Outdoor Education

Hello all. My name is Jamshed, I deliver the outdoor education part of our youth service offer for young people in Rochdale. I mainly oversee the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme for our young people. Rochdale Youth Service has an Open Award Centre based at Matthew Moss Youth Centre in Rochdale. Here, anybody from any background or ability are more than welcome to attend and join in. My formal education and qualifications is rooted in the arts. I qualified as an artist and graphic designer after 4 years of completing my degree and masters course at Leeds. I worked...

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ROCHDALE Borough Youth Councillor Representing UK Youth at Model European Parliament!

Georgia Jones has been a Youth Councillor for Rochdale Borough and a member of Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet at Rochdale Youth Service for around 14 months. Georgia is 17 years old and attends Rochdale Sixth Form College. She is also a POSH (Pinoeer of Sustainable Hope) representative for Rochdale borough and is passionate about campaigning and working to tackle climate change and educate her peers. As a POSH rep, Georgia has attended the regional meetings led by Youth Focus North West, YouthForia, to feed back, share resources and train how to campaign on this topic. Georiga has progressed significantly...

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Youth Voice Summer Report July – September 2019

If you would like more information on what youth voice work has taken place across Rochdale Borough over the summer with the Youth Cabinet, Youth Parliament, Children’s Council, Children’s Champion Elections, Youth Opportunity Fund, Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority and much, much more, please read our report here… Report-July-Sept2019Download 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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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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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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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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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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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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