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Recruiting new people!

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Hello everyone, thank you for reading our blog. We are more than excited to start the new year but unfortunately, we have lost a few members due to them leaving for university or college. So that means the time has come again to recruit new members to join our team of young people here at the Surrey Heath Youth Council. We are recruiting young people aged 11-18 from all schools across Surrey Heath but are trying to gain a wider representation from schools such as Tomlinscote, Gordon’s and Kings to improve our links with these schools.
If you are interested in joining simply fill out our application form or read more about joining the SHYC here.

Further Education Information

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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. The information includes CV Writing, Further Education - such as Apprenticeships as well as Exam Stress and Revision. This is so that the young people of Surrey Heath have knowledge of the different types of opportunities accessible to them. Make sure to check it out at: Further Education Information!

Diana Award

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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. Members of SHYC went to London to receive the award and were inspired by the experience of seeing so many other young people with outstanding achievements. The full list of 2018's Diana Award holders can be found here. This has motivated us to continue working even harder on our current project after summer to ensure that we can get the biggest impact possible and benefit the young people we represent in the most powerful way.

Join the Surrey Heath Youth Council

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The Surrey Heath Youth Council is always ready to receive new applications and joining is a rewarding experience where you will actively benefit young people in Surrey Heath.

Anyone aged 11-18 (school years 7-13) who lives or goes to school in Surrey Heath can apply to join the SHYC. The Youth Council needs people with all sorts of skills such as organising, fund-raising, IT, web, graphics and design, video, running meetings and presenting. It’s also a great way to learn some of these skills. SHYC is committed to achieving equality and fairness. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

Joining the SHYC gives you an opportunity to share your views and make a difference. Previous youth councillors have also received ASDAN qualifications, been given the Diana Award and used their time at SHYC for their DofE volunteering.

SHYC meet every week in Camberley to work on projects that we come up with based on the views of young peo…

End of Term Celebration

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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!  We played two games of Sector 7 laser before eating and looking back over our achievements this year. The SHYC will start looking at the second item from our consultation ‘Safety at Night’ next term and we have already met with local PCSOs about street lighting.

Cooking Videos Extended Meeting

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Today the SHYC held an extended meeting to work on compiling resources for our education project which can be found here on our website. Additionally, we worked on completing cooking tutorial videos which we will begin editing to be able to present in local schools and on our website. We hope that you like our new Education Resources and will keep an eye out for our videos in the future.

The term has now finished for SHYC and we will continue working on our first manifesto point ‘Preparing for Working Life’after the summer.

We are currently looking to recruit young people from Surrey Heath to ensure we have a wide representation. If you are interested see this page on our website.

As always, follow us on social media for the latest updates.

Safety at Night with Police Community Support Officers

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Members of the Surrey Heath Youth Council had a great meeting today with Community Support Officers Fiona and Marita from Surrey Heath Police. We talked about Safety at Night in the local area- one of the top 5 issues in our recent consultation and part of our manifesto! Our discussions were really productive and it has helped us with new ideas of how to link in with the police and other organisations to improve the reach of our second manifesto item ‘Safety at Night’.

Surrey Youth Games and Councillor Rodney Bates

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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. We were also joined by Councillor Rodney Bates from the Old Dean. He dropped in to see how the Youth Council was operating.

Our Chairs read out our current emails and we looked at our actions for today's meeting, one of these was thinking about inviting the police to discuss safety at night. After this, the members of the Youth Council split into three groups for our current project Preparing For Working Life. These groups include Personal Wellbeing, Education and Skills for the Future.

Personal Wellbeing focused on promoting exercise to young individuals to help with their mental health, they also are working on easy ways to cope with stress and sexual health. Education worked on looking at apprenticeships and CV writing. Skills for the Future planned different videos to teach young peo…

Cream Tea with Councillors

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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. This will help us to improve our links and enable us to better spread our message and take action on the issues we found in our survey.

Preparing for Working Life Project

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The top issue we identified from our recent survey was that young people want a curriculum to prepare them for life. We are planning to take action on this in our next project. Our new project for 2018 is all about helping young people prepare for the future through a number of different mediums. We want to help young people get skills for the future and the world of work, give them the resilience and personal wellbeing to help them be successful and also give them insight into further education. To achieve this we have formed three groups: Skills for the Future, Education and Personal Wellbeing and are now planning how we can best tackle the issue. You can download our full manifesto for 2018/2019 here. Follow us on social media for updates and to join in on the discussion!

Survey Results

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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. Here are the top five issues we identified:
Curriculum to prepare us for life Bullying Cost of living Safety at night Discrimination  We will now be able to target these issues over the next year to improve Surrey Heath for young people.

Anti-Stigma Conference

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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.

The conference was live-streamed to enable as many people as possible to benefit from it.

Clinical Director and Consultant Child Psychiatrist for CAMHS, Dr Phil Ferreira-Lay said, “This event has really increased awareness of the importance of all young people’s emotional and mental health. It stimulated conversations and attendees seemed inspired and helped. This is an excellent and important initiative that needs to be rolled out across all areas of Surrey.”

Assistant Principal at Collingwood College, Jamie Cleary said, “I cannot speak highly enough of the structure and content. It sensitively covered every area that needed to be covered. How people with mental health issues can act, be helped and help themselves.”

Anti-Bullying Days

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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.