Surrey Heath Youth Council Blog

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The SHYC are always looking for new members! You can join using our online application form now or read on to find out what being a Youth Councillor involves…

SHYC's Projects and Achievements

SHYC have undertaken a number of ambitious projects since our creation and want to inspire more young people to do the same.

Dylan's Research on the Dairy Industry

SHYC member Dylan spent a month going Vegan and has now decided to stay Vegetarian. Here is the research he completed on the dairy industry that encouraged him to undertake this challenge.

The Impact of Transporting Food

We all know that climate change is being caused by carbon emissions and across the world there have been huge efforts to reduce them and try to prevent its effects.

Thinking Vegan

A couple of months ago, I went Vegan for two weeks. This eye-opening experience showed me how the world could change, for the better, if we all decided to stop eating meat, dairy and eggs as much to help our planet.

Vegan Switch-ups

Vegan Recipe Adaptions As part of our new ‘Going Green’ project, we are encouraging young people to help the planet (and themselves) by switching to these tasty vegan recipe adaptations.

Our New Chair

Jacob Wrenn is continuing as SHYC’s Chair and will support the group to recruit new members and deliver exciting new projects.

Environment Project 2019/2020

Our Make Your Mark findings told us young people see protecting the environment as the most important issue on both a local Surrey Heath level and on a national scale.

Make Your Mark Results

We have just finished our annual consultation, this year in collaboration with the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark Ballot and we have collated the views of over 1500 Surrey Heath young people.

Councillor Swap at Kings International College!

Councillor Colin Dougan attended Kings International College as part of Surrey Heath Youth Council’s Councillor Swap project. Councillor Dougan was able to get a feeling for everyday school life by attending two lessons with King’s Head Student before attending a lunch with the Student Leadership Team.

Surrey Young Mayor!

Surrey Heath Youth Council are proud to share that our Co-Chair Jacob Wrenn has been elected the first ever Surrey Young Mayor.

Meeting with Cllr Rodney Bates.

On Thursday 15th, we met with Cllr Rodney to discuss our upcoming age discrimination project - councillor swap! The project aims to bring together local young people and their borough councillors so our youth feel more comfortable in using their voice.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! We are still working on our discrimination project, and it is shaping out well. Our first meeting back will be on 25th April.

New Co-Chairs

We would like to take a moment to welcome our new chairs! Firstly a big thank you to our previous chairs Jacob and Ryan who have helped the Youth Council immensely over the past years , in terms of streamlining, leadership and diversity.

Meeting Update

Today, we split into our two discrimination groups, age discrimination and disability discrimination. Age Discrimination Today, we discussed the different ways we could campaign against this discrimination and came up with a rough manifesto.

Discrimination Project

The Surrey Heath Youth Council are continuing their manifesto commitments by starting a new project to tackle discrimination. At first, we are aiming to focus on discrimination brought about by a lack of awareness and are looking at disabilities and age.

Youth Conference: Curriculum for Life

We had a brilliant time today running SHYC’s first ever Youth Conference on Curriculum for Life. It was amazing to hear all the positive feedback and very inspiring to hear from our wide range of speakers including HireHigher, Royal Holloway, Camberley and District Job Club, University of Surrey and more.

Youth Conference: Curriculum for Life

Our recent consultation of Surrey Heath young people found that they wanted better preparation for life after school. We have created this event to inform young people in Surrey Heath about the different paths they can take, such as studying at university and apprenticeships; how to be more employable; and how to look after your wellbeing at the same time.

Our 2018/19 Manifesto

Our 2017 consultation provided us with valuable insight into the opinions, views and concerns of young people in Surrey Heath. We found that the five issues young people felt most passionately about were:

Youth Ambassador of the Year Award

Isa Chaudrey, a member of the Surrey Heath Youth Council aged 15, said: Craig Alford attended the Surrey Heath Youth Council meeting to raise awareness of Surrey Youth games.

Recruiting new people!

Hello everyone, thank you for reading our blog. We are more than excited to start the term but, due to GCSE’s we have lost a few members due to revision.

Further Education Information

We have been focusing on Education within our Preparing for Working Life Project and have researched, compiled and published information for the easy access of young people.

Diana Award

The Surrey Heath Youth Council are immensely proud to have received a Diana Award for their work to reduce the stigma around mental health, open up discussion and increase awareness of mental wellbeing in Surrey Heath through their Anti-Stigma Conference.

Join the Surrey Heath Youth Council

The Surrey Heath Youth Council is recruiting! Join the SHYC to stand up for your opinions and improve Surrey Heath for all young people.

End of Term Celebration

The Surrey Heath Youth Council had a great time today at Tenpin in Camberley for our end of term celebration. If you haven’t yet, have a look at our Education Information on apprenticeships, universities, CV writing and more!

Cooking Videos Extended Meeting

Today the SHYC held an extended meeting to work on compiling resources for our education project which can be found here on our website.

Safety at Night with Police Community Support Officers

Members of the Surrey Heath Youth Council had a great meeting today with Community Support Officers Fiona and Marita from Surrey Heath Police.

Surrey Youth Games and Councillor Rodney Bates

Today at the Youth Council meeting we talked to Craig Alford about the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018. He spoke to us about recruiting new young ambassadors to promote the Youth Games events.

Cream Tea with Councillors

We recently held a special cream tea event to inform all the Surrey County Councillors and Surrey Heath Borough Councillors what the Surrey Heath Youth Council does and how we represent all young people in Surrey Heath.

Preparing for Working Life Project

The top issue we identified from our recent survey was that young people want a curriculum to prepare them for life.

Survey Results

We recently took a survey of over 1000 young people in Surrey Heath to identify the key issues we will focus on throughout our projects in 2018.

Anti-Stigma Conference

The Surrey Heath Youth Council recently ran their first Anti-Stigma Conference at Collingwood College. The event aimed to educate and inform young people in Surrey Heath about the seriousness of mental health illnesses and how to help those struggling with them.

Anti-Bullying Days

The Surrey Heath Youth Council has previously run two Anti-Bullying Training Days to train Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for schools in Surrey. The days aimed to reduce bullying through a peer-led scheme and give students the skills required to go back to their schools and develop Anti-Bullying initiatives.