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Rochdale and Pennines MYP - Mental Health

As it is world Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought I would address the importance of mental health within our everyday lives, and why I believe it is so important, including why I chose it to be one of my three manifesto points when applying to be the Member of UK Youth Parliament for Rochdale […]
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Ukraine - Words from Heywood and Middleton MYP

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the whole world's attention had turned to the devastating news. International news outlets were racing to the scene to take a self-pitying, depressing selfie of war-torn cities and people in crisis. Although that comment is somewhat unfair, not all the press is self-serving and narcissistic. In fact, thousands of western […]
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Children's Champion Applications NOW OPEN!!!

Yes it is that time of year again when children aged 8-10 who live in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton or Pennines (Milnrow, Littleborough, Wardle, Firgrove, Smallbridge, Smithybridge) can apply to be the next Children's Champion or deputy of Rochdale Borough! The Children's Champion represents the voice or all children across the borough and runs 3 campaigns […]
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Summer Report!

Intrigued what the Rochdale Borough Children's Council and Youth Cabinet have been up to over summer? Find out and have a read over the summer report below and see what we have coming up in Autumn!
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Virtual Question Time Event!

Rochdale Youth Service are holding a virtual Question Time event on Friday 29th May on Zoom!  The event is aiming to give young people aged 11 - 19 who live in the borough of Rochdale the opportunity to ask key decision makers about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on young people.  We have guests from services including […]
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Thinking Positively Through Covid-19

The Covid-19 is an awful virus which is spreading across the world and cruelly taking the lives of thousands of people. Millions of people around the world are also struggling with their mental health as they remain on lockdown or in isolation for significant periods of time. The virus is having a huge impact on […]
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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. […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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...
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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 […]
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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 […]
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SO...What have we been up to??? Take a look...

Take a look at what young people have been up to and achieved over the winter months!
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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, […]
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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...
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.  […]
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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 […]
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Children's Champion Elections 2017!

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 […]
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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
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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 […]
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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 […]
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