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Children and Young People

Information about how Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council support Children and Young People and the Youth Council.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) works in partnership with many borough and county wide youth services to ensure young people within Welwyn Hatfield have access to the services and support they need. WHBC adds to this service by running the borough's youth council.

The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council is a team of young people who discuss, debate and take action on the issues that matter to them.

What do the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council do?
The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council can help you make a real difference by giving you the chance to run campaigns and initiatives on the issues that are important to you, your friends and the wider community.

Why is a Youth Council needed?
The Youth Council is vital because the voices and opinions of young people need to be heard and all their good work should be recognised and promoted.

Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council Logo

Who can be on the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council and when do they meet?
ANY young person aged 11-19, who lives, works or is educated in Welwyn Hatfield. Weekly meetings are in Welwyn Garden City at the Welwyn Hatfield council offices starting at 4:15pm.

What sort of work does the Youth Council get involved in?

The Youth Council has organised a number of initiatives that have had a real impact on the community and bring young people together to affect change.  These include:

 

 

  • Question Time - giving young people the opportunity to put key decision makers, including councillors, police and businesses in the borough on the spot!
  • Graffiti and Art Projects - working with young people across the borough in locations Hatfield Skate Park, Breaks Manor, Old Post Office, Pomegranate Cafe and Hazel Grove.
  • Mental Health Campaign - helping to lift the stigma around young people's mental health issues especially in schools through education and training of pupils and staff.
  • Youth Conference - opportunity for young people to come together in an interactive way to discuss ideas and issues whilst having challenging themselves through different workshops and activities
  • Parliament Visit - the Youth Council visit Parliament once a year to quiz the Welwyn Hatfield MP on matters relating to young people including education, housing, the environment and jobs.

How do I get involved?

Email youthcouncil@welhat.gov.uk and one of the team will get back to you or call 01707 357168 for more information

 

Other useful services include

YC Herts provides youth work, information, advice, guidance and support for young people aged 13 to 19 (up to 25 for young people with learning disabilities). It also provides support for young people leaving care, up to the age of 21, through the Youth Connexions One Stop Shops. Young people can search for a job, find details of the One Stop Shops, plus lots of information about opportunities, education and learning at www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org. An additional website run by YC Herts, called channelmogo, also has advice and support about many topics including drugs, health, bullying and homelessness, at www.channelmogo.org.

Pro-Action exist to inspire, enhance and represent high quality opportunities for children and young people to engage, participate and develop. To find out more about the services they provides especially around training and education please visit www.pro-actionherts.org

YMCA enables young people to develop their full potential in body, mind and spirit. They provide services which include SPACE in both Hatfield and WGC. To find out more about the provision they provide please visit www.oneymca.org

 

 

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