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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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Podcasts to get you through lockdown

Podcast are a great way to either take in information or help you concentrate whilst getting work done. I work in an open plan office where I am surrounded by the irrelevant conversations of other teams which is the perfect atmosphere for me. Now that I am confined to working from home I am surrounded […]
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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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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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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 […]
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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 […]
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Mayor's Youth Awards

Here over at Rochdale Youth Service, we hold an annual event called Mayor's Youth Awards. Through this we can recognise the fantastic feet of young people across Rochdale Borough. Nominate a Young Person Know a young person that has made a difference to the people in their lives? This could be through sporting, family commitments, […]
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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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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. […]
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Our MYP on BBC Radio Manchester

You read right! Our very own Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) was interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester. Last week Anita Okunde, student at Kingsway Park High School and former Deputy Member of Youth Parliament, was interviewed by BBC in Rochdale Town Hall to discuss her plans, aims, and targets for the future. Go ahead and […]
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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 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. […]
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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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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 […]
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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 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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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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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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Northern Powerhouse 2017

  My name is Myiesha Amani I am a member of the youth cabinet and representative of Rochdale borough.  Recently on the 25th February, I and a few other cabinet members were invited to attend the Northern Powerhouse at the university of Huddersfield.  On arrival, we were introduced to refreshments and some delightful little snacks.  We […]
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Newly Elected MYP & Deputy for Rochdale Borough with 11,000 Votes!

On Wednesday 15th February, the results of the democratic Member of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) Elections for the Rochdale Borough were anno0unced at Rochdale Town Hall.  Tabitha Rusden, the former MYP and Amelia Betham, the former Deputy MYP, handed the medals over to the new Deputy, Louis Tweedale, and the new MYP, Sarah Mahmood, both from […]
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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 […]
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