Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Council
Young Mayor and UK Youth Parliament elections 2019
Young Mayor and UK Youth Parliament elections results were announced by the Mayor on 26 February at the Youth Achievement Awards which were hosted by the Youth Council and the Young H&F Foundation.
Scarlett Knowles, who attends Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, topped the ballot with 1,243 votes. She will serve as H&F Youth Mayor for the next year. The young people of H&F also elected a new Member of the Youth Parliament in Ozan Erder, of Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, who received 834 votes.
Read our news story with videos of the elected members talking about tackling their greatest concerns in life with an ambitious manifesto and setting out how they would fix the problems.
For candidate information see Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Mayor and UK Youth Parliament Elections 2019 (pdf 261KB)
What is the H&F Youth Council?
The Youth Council are a group of youth representatives (aged 13-19) who live, go to school in, or are looked after by Hammersmith & Fulham. As the voice of the young people in the borough, the Youth Council create innovative ways to get their views and present them to decision makers. They also give their opinion on policies, activities and services and are involved in the recruitment of professionals that work with young people.
Every year Youth Council members decide whether to stand as candidates in borough wide Youth Parliament elections and the Youth Mayor elections. The Member of Youth Parliament and Youth Mayor and their deputies (Elected in February 2019), form a Youth Cabinet to lead the Youth Council and drive this manifesto forward and to represent the views of young people of Hammersmith and Fulham, locally, regionally and nationally.
For more information about H&F Youth Council and how to get involved see the Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Council recruitment booklet and application form (pdf 297KB)
- To ensure that young people have a ‘voice’ that is listened to by decision makers and can contribute to the decisions that affect them.
- To improve our representation of all young people, especially those who are more vulnerable and who are not represented in our diverse Youth Council so that they are considered in our projects and have a voice.
- To ensure that young people are well informed about the opportunities, activities and services available to them.
- Be more visible- get out and speak to young people on the streets, at community venues and through targeted services.
- Work with members of the Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation and their service users to identify areas for change in local policy/resource allocation and to identify local need.
We believe in:
- Fair Representation: (Young residents should have equal access to information and be given opportunities to impact local decision making.
- Honesty and openness: (We always strive to improve situations for young resident, this may take a long period of time but when we cannot we will explain why certain changes cannot be made.)
- Understanding of local issues: (We aim to develop a good understanding of local issues and the concerns of young people so that we can help them to the best of our ability as a youth council.)
- Best start in life for every young person: (We want to ensure positive outcomes and lots of opportunities for young people in our borough. We want them to be ready for the world of work and independence and be easily able to access support when they need it).
- A positive image of young people: (We want to create a better image and challenge the negative stereotypes of young people).
What does the Youth Council do?
- We meet every fortnight to update and plan future projects.
- Set the agenda, chair and minute take our own meetings.
- Design ways to get young people’s views (e.g. consultation events, videos, social media, questionnaires) and feed them back to decision makers.
- Give our opinion on services, activities and information for young people.
- Promote opportunities and services to other young people.
- Research and campaign on issues that affect young people locally and nationally.
- Help interview and select professionals to work with young people.
Our key achievements
Key areas of our manifesto in 2018/19 were:
1. Curriculum to prepare us for Life
2. Work Experience and employability
3. Mental Health
4. Discrimination including protecting LGBTQ+ people
- Worked in collaboration with the Young H&F Foundation to facilitate the borough’s first Youth Achievement Awards, celebrating the diversity of young people’s achievements.
- Facilitated an event to celebrate ‘Coming Out Day’.
- Promoted the use of hate crime awareness resources and LGBTQ+ literature and shared them with our schools.
- Worked in collaboration with the CCG and Imperial College Health Partners to co-produce a Healthy Relationship project which is due to be piloted in schools.
- Carried out a large- scale consultation of mental health with over 3000 young people and developed this into a series of recommendations to be presented to Head Teachers to encourage them to review their mental health policies.
- Been involved in a consultation with H&F MIND, supporting a bid to NHS England and the Department for Education for mental health teams in schools.
- Worked with the Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation to inform the development and delivery of their employability fayre.
- Sought the views of over 4,000 young people in the Make Your Mark Campaign to inform our next manifesto.
What young people are telling us
Every year, the elected Member of Youth Parliament leads the ‘Make Your Mark’ consultation to identify the top issues for young people in the borough. The top issues identified locally become the focus for the Youth Council and the top issues identified nationally, are debated in the House of Commons by all MYP’s from across the UK.
4419 questionnaires were completed by young people in Hammersmith & Fulham in October 2018.
The top 3 issues were:
1. Knife Crime (955 votes).
2. Ending period poverty (503 votes)
3. A Curriculum to Prepare us for Life (490 votes)
These issues are the focus for our manifesto.
We are also very keen to help to reduce waste and improve recycling amongst young people in our borough, signpost and ensure that young people are aware of opportunities and support that is available to them and to make sure that our Youth Council is as inclusive as possible.
What do we want to achieve?
1. Knife Crime
- Find out the views and experiences of young people in the borough on knife crime and their suggested solutions.
- Use the UK Youth Parliament resources to get young people talking about knife crime and the solutions and to raise awareness of consequences.
- Use our findings to feed into the ‘One Life No Knife Conferences’ being planned for young people and parents and Serious Crime Commission being led by the Council.
2. Period Poverty
- Research and find out the views and experiences of young people and develop a greater understanding of how the menstrual cycle and period poverty impacts upon the daily lives of young women in our borough.
- Support and inform the research and delivery of projects to support young women to access sanitary equipment.
3. Recycling and Waste
- Visit the borough’s recycling facilities to develop our understanding.
- Work with the Waste and Recycling Team to carry out an audit of the top 10 single use items used/bought by young people.
- Advise schools on how they can reduce their usage of single use items and improve recycling facilities.
4. Inclusivity and Access to Services.
- Review the Youth Council and how we operate to ensure that it is accessible to and inclusive of the views of ‘ALL’ young people in the borough, including developing better links with targeted services that support vulnerable young people and ‘getting out and about’ much more often.
- Work in partnership with the Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation to plan and host the second annual achievement awards to celebrate the diversity of talents and achievements of the youth of our borough.
- Be trained as Youth Champions to help signpost other young people to use the Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation directory of services and activities.
- Develop the creativity and inclusivity of methods for engagement and consultation including the use of social media and ‘story telling’ (a skill we are developing through the library service).
5. Sexual Health
- Continue to work in collaboration with the CCG and Imperial College Health Partners to pilot and develop our Healthy Relationship Programme in schools.
- Work with the Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation and sexual health services including 10 Hammersmith Broadway to develop an understanding of young people’s use of sexual health services and to inform recommendations going forward.
We want to help to take forward our manifesto pledges, so please do contact Brenda.Whinnett@lbhf.gov.uk to get in touch, if you want to help us or have any ideas.