H&F Youth Council: Giving young people a say in their future and how you can help

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Youth Council has drawn up its manifesto and it wants to work with you to turn its vision into a reality.

The 20 members of the council were elected earlier this year following polls in schools across the borough.

They’ve been listening to young people to find out what they want to see happen in Hammersmith & Fulham and beyond, and have come up with four key areas to focus on.

“It’s so important that young people have a voice,” said H&F’s Youth MP Emma Ghanem who chairs the youth council “It’s the decisions being taken now which affect our future.

“Being on H&F Youth Council means we can talk directly to people who make these decisions -  to politicians locally and nationally, employers, community groups and others - so we can really have an impact.”

The H&F Youth Council Manifesto

H&F Youth Council covers four key issues:

A curriculum to prepare young people for life – including reviewing how PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is taught, for example working more with businesses and community groups.

Work experience including helping to create a central system to help people find work experience, promoting careers fairs, and organising employability workshops with businesses.

Mental health including reviewing schools’ mental health policies, national research and best practice to get a better understanding of local support, and a focus on mental health to be part of PSHE.

Discrimination, including LGBTQ+ people including working with the Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation to hold awards celebrating the diversity of talent and achievement in the borough, supporting the Heart Stone Odessey Project which tackles hate crime, planning a Coming Out Day, and researching and sharing LGBTQ+ literature and resources.

H&F’s Youth Mayor and youth council member Fede Del Brollo has been promoting the work of the borough’s young people while attending events around the borough.

“There’s been a lot of interest in what we do, which has been great,” she said.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people listening to what we say. Working with so many different people across the community will help us make a real difference.”

Do you think you and young people can help each other?

Are you a resident, business or organisation, or other member of the community? Do you think you would benefit from young people’s views? Do you think you could help make a difference to the H&F Youth Council’s work?

Why not meet with them and have a chat about your ideas?   

Email Brenda Whinnett at brenda.whinnett@lbhf.gov.uk to find out more.

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