Author: Louis Tweedale

Managing exam stress

Exams and stress come hand in hand. Of course young people are going to stress when they are told that the grades that they get at the end of August will dictate where they go in life. Whilst there are many options for those who don’t get the results that they want, the overbearing weight of responsibility can feel smothering to students going through exams. Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can help you to focus and reach your full potential. However, too much stress can become toxic. Stress can have the same effect on the brain as...

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Mental Health Awareness Week: let’s tackle body image.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme this year is body image. Mental health is an issue that one in four of us will suffer at any one time, and sadly is still surrounded my many misconceptions and stigma. This week aims to tackle this by raising awareness of what mental health actually is, whilst taking a look at the role that body image plays in impacting a persons mental health. According to data gathered by YouGov, the way we feel about and view our bodies impacts our mental health. Shockingly, these findings reveal that over...

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You Are Not Alone festival #FreeTheMind

On Saturday the 30th March, Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet attended a music event in Manchester after being invited by Councillor Kallum Nolan, a local Councillor in Middleton. The festival was a three venue gig that raised awareness for mental health as well as money for Manchester Mind. The young people from BoR got stuck in. Read on to find out what we got up to… We arrived at The Whiskey Jar and settled into what was to be a very busy, but enjoyable, day. We picked the Whiskey Jar as it is the only under 18 venue that supported...

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What a year!!! Report of the last 12 months

There is only one word that I can use to summarise this year: successful. I would like to thank Anita as the Deputy, along with the rest of the cabinet for their support throughout the year. Without them this year would not have been as productive or have seen as many achievements as it has. Following my election on the 22nd of February last year, I have worked on the issues of mental health, work experience and apprenticeships and clubs and activities for young people. Much of this work was a continuation of work started in the previous year,...

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Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet’s Week of Action

This week is the Week of Action, an event that was organised by Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet. It is a chance for young people to learn about mental health, and mental health issues through a session planned and delivered by young people. Before we get into that, however, I feel that it is important to tell you why we are doing what we are doing. Mental health issues affect one in four people, with stress and social media bringing a rise in mental health issues in our generation. Furthermore, many people do not realise that everyone has mental health....

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MYP Elections 2018-19

Following the election results on the 22nd of February, I am pleased to say that I am the new MYP for the Borough of Rochdale. It was a great year, and I feel that the competition was very strong. Well done to the candidates who took place this year: Myiesha, Eve, Anita, Bartek and Adam. I look forward to working along side the candidates and members of the Youth Cabinet, as well as my new deputy, Anita Okunde. I would like to say thank you to all those who have supported me over the past 12 month in my...

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GCSE Resits~ What we’re working on

Too much pressure is being put on the youth of today: revise, revise, revise is a motto we have all become too familiar with. We are told that we have one shot to show the examiner what we are capable of. Without coursework, this is all that we have. No proof of what we can do, so all it takes is one bad day to set the tone for the rest of your life. No wonder it is the most stressful time that many teenagers will go through. Some perform well under the pressure and fly high. But what happens to those who don’t? So many people get their results back and are disappointed with what they have been given. Some of these had a bad day in the exams, others crack under the pressure- either way they could have done better, but are not given the chance to prove it. This is one thing that Rochdale Youth Cabinet does not think is right- it is something we hope to change. 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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Affordable Transport ~ What we’re working on

No one likes being sat around doing nothing, but sometimes its too far and too expensive to go to your friends. That’s why over this next year, Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet are hoping to bring the price of transport down for young people. Not only will making transport affordable make it cheaper to get around, but it will make it easier to enjoy being young. Why sit around when you can get out and have fun? Imagine a world where you could afford to go anywhere, meet friends and explore new places. Sounds good, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t being young all about exploring and learning new things? 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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Deputy Member of Youth Parliament 2017

Hi, I am Louis Tweedale, the new Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Rochdale. I look forward to serving my term along side Sarah Mahmood, especially on mental health, something we both agreed on in our manifestos. We are both pupils at Hollingworth Academy. The main reason that I applied to be a candidate in the election is because I feel that young people, teenagers in particular, are misrepresented and demonised by the media. I hope to change this perception over the next year, and feel that it is the best way that I can help to improve the lives of young people across...

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