Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Council

Getting through coronavirus and self-isolation

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, H&F Youth Council’s have put together some tips and advice for young people to help cope with the challenges that self-isolation and the coronavirus brings. See H&F Youth Council’s tips for young people - getting through coronavirus and self-isolation

  • Aged 11-25?
  • Live, go to school in Hammersmith and Fulham?
  • Care about other young people and issues that affect them, including access to quality jobs and work experience, fun things to do and support when they need it.
  • Want an opportunity to debate the big issues that will affect your future?
  • Something really positive to add to your CV and references?

Then get involved in our Youth Council.

 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.

We were unable to run the 2020 elections due to the pandemic but are in the process of planning virtual elections for 21/22 

To find out more contact Brenda.Whinnett@lbhf.gov.uk

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.

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Image caption: Image 1: Ozan Erder and Scarlett Knowles

Scarlett Knowles 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 who received 834 votes.

H&F elects new Youth Mayor and Member of Youth Parliament

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.

Five ways young people in H&F want to change the world

Watch the Youth Council members video

Manifesto 2019-20

Our aims

  • 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.

Our values

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.