Author: Angela McCormack

Rochdale Youth Voice Update

Want to know more about what the Member of UK Youth Parliament for the borough of Rochdale, Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet, Children’s Council and Children in Care Council have been up to recently?  Take a look at our termly report from July to September 2016 to find out in more detail!  rys-youth-voice-termly-report-summer16 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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Rochdale Borough Children’s Council

Rochdale Borough Children’s Council (RBCC) are working to make life better for children across the borough, whilst also having some great fun!  The Children’s Champion and Deputy have some exciting events coming up including the opening of the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, the switching on of the Christmas lights with the MYP, speaking at the Mayor’s Youth Awards, interviewing MYP candidates and attending a local Question Time event.  Over summer they led some fundraising events including a fun run around Hollingworth Lake and sponging youth workers and performed on stage at the Music in the Park event. They are working...

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Elections for the next Member of UK Youth Parliament for Rochdale Borough

Young people between the ages of 11 and 17 have now applied to be the next Member of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) for the Borough of Rochdale.  All those who have applied will be attending an interview on Thursday 8th December, where they will be observed by young people to see how good they are at communicating, teamwork, leadership and speaking.  Each candidate will give a 1 minute speech about why they want to be the next MYP and what they would have on their manifesto if they got elected.  All young people at the interview, including the candidates themselves,...

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No Smoking Campaign Poster Competition

  The former Rochdale Borough children’s Champion, Zara Shah, was keen to campaign to stop adults smoking around children.  Zara met with Rochdale’ Smoking Cessation Team and discussed how they could work together to tackle this issue of passive smoking.  They agreed to do a ‘no smoking poster competition’ and every primary school across the borough was given the opportunity to allow their students to take part and design a poster which would encourage adults to quit smoking, or at least stop smoking around children. 237 posters were returned to Rochdale Youth Service!  Lisa Barker and Ve Nutter from...

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Greater Manchester Youth Assembly (GMYA)

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...

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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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It has been a pleasure to work with Zara and Stephanie for the past year and they have made such a positive impact to the Rochdale Borough. Zara was elected with 8,221 votes from primary school children across the Rochdale borough and her campaigns were: stop smoking, cleaner parks and have more youth clubs.  They have all been very successful.  Both Zara and Stephanie have been involved in so many events such as interviews, holding their own meetings, fundraising for the Mayor’s charities, hosting events and even having their say in consultations. We’d like to say a big thank you to...

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