Newcastle Youth Democracy Group (formerly Youth Council)

Who are Newcastle Youth Democracy Group?Newcastle Youth Democracy Group

The Youth Democracy Group is made up of three groups of young people aged between 11 to 18 years of age.

Youth Assembly

  • This is an open group for young people aged 11 to 18 years old who live, learn and work in Newcastle.  This is a forum for young people to share their views, influence and shape service delivery, for example, schools, parks, transport, housing etc.
  • The group is open, accessible and flexible.
  • Members of this group will be referred to as Youth Representatives.

Newcastle Youth Council

  • There are 18 young people aged between 11 to 18 years who have been elected by their peers to represent young people's priorities on a local and regional platform on Newcastle Youth Council.
  • A Youth Councillor's term of office is two years; they will champion an identified portfolio of work and campaign on behalf of young people in Newcastle on identified priorities.
  • Members of this group will be referred to as Youth Leaders.

Youth Parliament

  • Members of this group are serving Youth Councillors.
  • Two young people aged between 11 to 18 years who have been elected by their peers to represent the city on a national forum as Members of Youth Parliament (MYP).
  • Two young people aged between 11 to 18 years who have been elected by their peers to represent the city on a national forum as Deputy Members of Youth Parliament (DYP).
  • The Members of Youth Parliament's term of office is one year.
  • Members of this group support the national and regional priorities and the Make your Mark campaign.
  • Members of this group will be referred to as Youth Leaders.

There 18 elected seats on Newcastle Youth Democracy Group and will have their role as Youth Leaders for a period of two years.    Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is issue based addressing local, regionally and nationally priorities.  Youth Parliament focus on national issues raised through Make Your Mark.  Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is not a political organisation.

How can I meet with Newcastle Youth Democracy Group?

If you would like to meet with Youth Leaders email youthdemocracygroup@newcastle.gov.uk.  Youth Council and Youth Parliament meet once a month excluding August.

Background

Newcastle Youth Council (NYC) was launched in 2010 as an independent voice for 11 to 18 year olds who live, learn, or work in the City.  Since October 2014 NYC has been supported by the Communities Team at Newcastle City Council.  Based on feedback received from children and young people previously involved in youth council activity and those who participated in the national Make Your Mark Campaign 2018, Newcastle Youth Council’s structure and governance has been revised. Newcastle now has a Youth Democracy Group offering young people more opportunities to have their voice heard.  Any young person aged between 11 and 18 years can participate in Newcastle’s Youth Assembly or stand for election and take up a democratically elected role as a Member of UK Youth Parliament or a member of Newcastle Youth Council.  Current Youth Leaders were elected in February 2019 when we received 6384 votes from young people across the City. The Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is an apolitical group focused around children’s rights using a thematic work-based approach.

What is Newcastle Youth Council doing?

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The newly elected Youth Council are currently developing their work plan.  Current portfolios are: Youth Voice, Education, Employment and Skills, Environment, Communities, Policy, Democracy, Scrutiny, Culture, Parks and Leisure, Safeguarding, Communication, Campaigns and Consultation and Public Health.
        
The main priority for Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Project

Name of Portfolio and areas of focus

Youth Voice

  • Youth Offending
  • Work in partnership with the Youth Offending Board
  • Children in trouble
  • Play and Youth Activities
  • Crime and community safety
  • Care Leavers

Education, Employment and Skills

  • Apprenticeships and training
  • Youth Employment
  • Life Long Learning (curriculum for life)
  • Work experience
  • Youth people volunteering
  • Schools and further education
  • SEND (Special Education Needs or disability)
  • Alternative education programmes
  • Young People excluded from mainstream provision
  • School services
  • Forest school provision

Environment

  • Focusing on the City Council's Waste Strategy
  • Attend and play an active role at the Flood Ambassadors Forum
  • Air quality and climate change
  • Focusing on infrastructure
  • Roads and highways
  • Transport
  • Develop a working agreement with the City's planners

Communities

  • Develop a collaborative relationship with NCVS (Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service)
  • Support CHYP ING (Children and Young People in Newcastle and Gateshead)
  • Lead the partnership with the Elders' Council
  • Create opportunities for young people living in disadvantaged communities to have a voice
  • Link with the deaf community
  • Support the partnership work with the Elders' Council

Policy

  • Policy Cabinet
  • Champion youth voice within governing bodies and boards
  • Encourage a culture of listening to young people within decision-making principles

Democracy

  • Lead in the development of opportunities for Take over Day (November)
  • Influence the leadership theme of UNICEF child friendly cities project
  • Develop a working relationship with Cabinet to ensure youth peoples voices are heard
  • Work with the Devolution Portfolio holder to ensure young people have the opportunity to influence the North of Tyne combined authority decisions about the region

Scrutiny

  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Develop an accountable process that supports young people to observe, ask questions and review decision-making bodies

Devolution

  • North of Tyne Combined Authority
  • Young people’s voice is heard and respected regionally
  • Explore opportunities for young people  to influence North of Tyne Combined Authority decisions

Culture, Parks and Leisure

  • Working in Partnership with the Newcastle Parks Trust to develop a working agreement
  • Green spaces for young people
  • Play parks in local communities
  • Working in partnership with the City of Dreams agenda and ensuring young people have a say in cultural opportunities
  • Libraries
  • Tourism

Communication, campaigns and consultation

  • Work in partnership with the UNICEF portfolio holder to support the Communications theme
  • Champion the Mark your Mark Campaign
  • Lead on discussions regarding citywide consultations for young people
  • Lead working groups to support Citywide events such as Newcastle Pride

Safeguarding

  • Work in partnership with Newcastle Safeguarding Board and influence the annual children’s conference
  • Corporate Parenting
  • Domestic Abuse

Safeguarding

  • UNICEF child friendly City project
  • Child Poverty

Public Health

  • Your Welcome
  • Newcastle Can
  • Body Image
  • CCG Commissioning

What is Youth Parliament?

UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11 to 18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.  The UK Youth Parliament has over 280 seats for Elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) all aged 11 to 18. MYPs are usually elected in annual youth elections throughout the UK. Any young person aged 11 to 18 can stand or vote. In the past two years over one million young people have voted in UK Youth Parliament elections.

In Newcastle we have two Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) and two Deputy Members (DMYP). 

Once elected, MYPs organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people. All MYPs have the opportunity to meet once a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting where they discussion and debate important issues raised by young people from across the UK.  MYP's vote for the top ten priorities which become the Make Your Mark campaign.  The winning priorities are then debated at the House of Commons annual sitting. 

For more information or to contact a Youth Leader email:  youthdemocracygroup@newcastle.gov.uk 

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