2018 has been a super busy year for Stroud District Youth Council and all the Local Youth Forum Groups. SDYC have been reaching out to more young people from across the District, getting involved in a host of different projects and initiatives, and promoting youth voice throughout Stroud and beyond. Meanwhile our Local Youth Forum Groups have been getting hands on in their communities; working with each other and with local adults and organisations to affect positive change for young people and communities in their localities. Highlighted in this post are just a few of the key projects and initiatives we’ve worked on and taken a leading role in over the past year, and we’re looking forward to many more in 2019!
If you think you might be interested in joining a Local Youth Forum Group you can get in touch with us through our online form here, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or give Steve, Jemma or Rachael a ring on 01453 754504.
Alternatively, if you’ve got a concern or a project you think the Youth Council should know about or be involved in you can have your say here.
Back in April 2018 SDYC Members took part in a Young Drivers training and awareness day at Castle Coombe. The group had a great day learning about the vehicles and vehicle safety, and having a go at driving round the track!
In July 2018 members of the Youth Council took part in Mental Health First Aid Training delivered by ACE Wellbeing. The comprehensive training covered a range of mental health conditions, their signs and causes, and what each of us can do to be aware and help those around us.
Also in July 2018 Stroud Town & 5 Valley’s Youth Forum held ‘Now That’s What I Call Stroud’. An Under 18’s music night featuring live performances from 3 youth bands and one young DJ. The night was a huge success, meetings its targets of supporting the sub rooms, and giving young people in Stroud something fun to do on a Friday night.
Our super summer event this year was designed and hosted by Nailsworth & Minchinhampton Youth Forum, who thought it would be a great idea to get representatives from all the youth forums and from the youth council together with local Councillors, Neighbourhood Wardens and Fire staff, to play a bit of friendly rounders’ and stuff our faces with hot dogs!!
Our SDYC Delegates have attended two British Youth Council events this year; the Annual Council Meeting in June 2018, and the Regional Youth Voice Convention in October. Representatives have also had input into some of the projects and policies that the British Youth Council will be supporting this coming year.
Supporting the Centenary of Women getting the Vote; Youth Council members were actively involved in running activities and engaging with the public at the Museum in the Park. Including a join speech from the current and previous SDYC Chairs around just how important democracy and youth voice are to the young people’s development.
Hardwicke Youth Forum have been working closely with Hardwicke Parish Council all year around developing a youth centre in the area. The group have been actively visiting youth centres across the District; finding out what young people in the area want, and getting together a comprehensive plan for a new Hardwicke Youth Centre.
Youth Council and Youth Forum Members also had the opportunity during the summer to take part in couple of days of Canal Volunteering; helping to improve and maintain the waterways around the Stroud Town area. Both volunteering days saw each group of young people learning new skills and enjoying making a difference to the local area.
Stonehouse Action 4 Youth is a relatively new group – but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy!
Since they started meeting just a few months ago they’ve already picked up 5 members, gotten their teeth into planning for an exciting new project in the area, and been getting involved with Stonehouse Town Council and The Door Youth Project to design and make beautiful lanterns and run the Santa’s Grotto at Stonehouse Goodwill.
After their exciting summer antics Nailsworth & Minchinhampton Youth Forum have been working with Nailsworth Town Council and members of the local community around the redevelopment of the Miles Marling field. They’ve been holding consultations, talking to other young people in the area, and took a seat on the project board with Town Councillors.
Over the last six months we’ve also held several Youth Voice Training events designed to give young people th tools and confidence to affect change in their local and wider communities, and are proud to say that nearly all of our Youth Councillors and Youth Forum Representatives have now completed Youth Voice Training. Well Done Guys!
Berkeley Vale Youth Forum have also been making waves since their conception just a few months ago. The girls have been busy supporting Jenner Museum through holding a Christmas stall at their Christmas Fayre; and they’ve been meeting local Councillors and PCSO’s to find out how they can be involved in local decision making.
Cam & Dursley Youth Forum have been spending time in their local community alongside Neighbourhood Warden Andy, and meeting with Local Councillors, Clerks and other community members. The group has also recently met with local PCSO’s and will be completing a speed check to address young people’s worries about speeding in the area.
We’re incredibly proud of the great work that young people across the Stroud District have been doing this year. Work with is reflected through the achievement of awards such as the Young Person’s award Isabelle Llewellyn received from the Nailsworth Town Council this summer, pictured to the left.
That’s just a flavour of some of the amazing work we’ve been doing this year, and some of the fun we’ve been having while doing it. Below are pictures from some of the other trips, meetings, consultations and representation that SDYC and the Local Youth Forum Groups have been a part of during 2018, and we’re all looking forward to an action packed 2019.
Don’t forget, if you think you’d like to join a youth forum group, of if you know someone you think would, get in touch with us via our online form here, send an email to email@example.com, or give Steve, Jemma or Rachael a ring on 01453 754504.
We run Youth Forum Groups in; Stroud Town, Cam & Dursley, Chalford, Nailsworth & Minchinhampton, Berkeley Vale, Cainscross, Hardwicke, Stonehouse, and Wotton-Under-Edge. All our Youth Forum Groups have representation on the Stroud District Youth Council.