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Discrimination Project

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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. We hope to challenge discrimination around disabilities by raising awareness and educating other young people, while in our age project we hope to challenge underrepresentation of young people by getting them more involved with local decision makers such as their borough councillors.
Disability Project The Surrey Heath Youth Council has always strived for every young person’s voice to be heard but it is undeniable that within our local communities there are young people who still can't express their opinion or are not understood by their peers. This needs to change. Our project focuses on what can't always be seen and aims to allow those with a disability to speak out and change the negative thoughts of others. By increasing …

Youth Conference: Curriculum for Life

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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.
Thank you so much to Gordon’s School, all our speakers, Camfest, and of course the #iwill fund for making events like this a possibility. We hope to see other boroughs following in our footsteps and inspiring their young people to start reaching out for opportunities in life.
If you are interested in seeing what went on at the event, check out our YouTube channel for some clips taken from the livestream.

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!

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.