The Bigger Picture Survey 2022

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. We are currently uploading the results of paper surveys we received and then we will be analysing the results and feeding back in the summer.

Use the links below to find the information you need:


Thanks to young people's feedback as part of our 2018 Bigger Picture Survey, we worked with Malvern Hills District Youth Action Network (MHYAN) partners to develop the Futureproof campaign. Aimed at helping you to develop your skills, build confidence and feel a part of your community. Check out the webpage for more details and watch this space for more information on our 2023 campaign.

Our Youth Forum

Are you our next Youth Chairperson?

It has been a busy two years for the Youth Forum and we are now looking for more young people to get involved and have your say. Malvern Hills District Council is looking for the District's next Youth Chairperson as well as more Youth Advisors to join the team. 

What to expect

This is an opportunity to develop a number of key life skills including working in a diverse team, written and presentation skills, managing a budget and more. The Youth Forum will agree their own priorities and in the last two years these have been - mental wellbeing and the environment. The Forum included questions on mental wellbeing in the most recent Bigger Picture Survey and are helping to plan the district's first ever Youth Climate Summit.

It's a busy time of life for our young people so the average time commitment for the role is approximately two hours per month and there is a team day held twice a year.

Who can apply?

Any young person aged 11-17 years old, who lives and/or studies in the Malvern Hills District. If you aren't sure if you do, you can use our postcode checker.

How to apply?

It's quick and easy to apply. You can either complete the short expression of interest form and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can submit a video of you telling us why you'd like the role, why you think you'd be good at it, what priorities you'd like to focus on and what you'd like to get out of it - see the role description for more details on how to apply. We will then arrange an informal interview with you to find out more about you and what you'd like to get from the role. Our Youth Champion, Portfolio Holder for Communities and our Community Development Officer or previous Youth Chairperson will be involved in this. We are happy to make adjustments to the interview process, for instance if you would prefer to speak to us online or on the phone rather than in person, we are happy to accommodate this or perhaps you would like someone to accompany you at the interview. Please include any requests like this in your email when submitting your expression of interest. 

document Role description (54 KB)

document Expression of interest form 2022 (50 KB)

This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person who wants to get involved and develop their skills. Don't just take our word for it though. Listen to our previous Youth Chairperson, Matthew Knight, sharing his experience of the role (redirects to YouTube)


Check out Matthew's chat with the Leader of the Council on our YouTube channel. Matthew spoke about how young people can get more involved in decision making in the district and have their say.

Could you be a Youth Advisor?

We are looking for more young people to become Youth Advisors for the district. 

  • Make your CV stand out from the rest
  • Get involved with local decision making
  • Develop life skills
  • Lead campaigns and work with our Youth Chairperson to distribute funding to support local youth projects


The role is almost identical to the Youth Chair role and there will be times when you get the opportunity to chair forum meetings, if you would like to. You will act as an Advisor to the Chairperson and get involved in decision making and all of the same things as the Youth Chair. You can use the Youth Chair role expression of interest form (above) to apply. The only difference is that you won't be interviewed for the role. Instead, we will arrange an informal catch-up with you to find out more about you and what you hope to gain from the experience.

You can contact the Youth Forum by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01684 862449. We will keep you updated on their progress on our social media sites and by email bulletins, which you can sign up to at Email Alerts (and tick the option for ‘youth’ updates).

The Youth Chairperson's Fund 2022-23

The Malvern Hills District Council Youth Chair’s Fund is £1,000 that the Youth Chair is offering to fund exciting projects in the district designed by the district’s young people. A group of young people can apply for up to £500, to fund short-term projects, celebrations, trips and equipment that will benefit other local young people and their communities in the district. Not sure if your area is covered by the district? (check your postcode at My Local Area)

In 2021/22, the Youth Chair's Fund supported a big birthday bash at Malvern Cube Youth projects, a chess club in Hanley Castle, a youth theatre production in Tenbury and youth mentoring scheme at Dyson Perrins high school.

In 2020/2021, Tenbury High Ormiston Academy received £500 towards purchasing and furnishing its ‘Time to Talk Cabin’, which provides a safe space for students to talk about and seek support with their mental health and wellbeing. Watch the video of the cabin.

Perfect Circle Theatre Group was given £250 to hire a professional videographer to work with their young people to create a short film based on their ideas and playwriting projects, teaching them how to film and edit.

Upton Young Farmers was given £250 towards a new member's induction day, following a difficult period for small clubs and organisations, with the recent pandemic. Upton Young Farmers are now keen to promote the club and gather new members.

The fund enables young people to have a say in young people-focused projects that are delivered in the Malvern Hills district.

Projects must complete within one year of the funding being awarded.

Who is eligible to apply?

A young person or a group of young people who are 11 - 17 years old and live or go to school in the district. You will need an adult sponsor organisation to support your application too. document Take a look at the criteria for all the details you need. (55 KB)

The deadline for applications for round one of the funding is Friday 7 October 2022.

document Download an application form (1.21 MB) .

The Bigger Picture Survey 2018 - you said, we did

Young people remain a group that we consistently fail to hear from whenever we engage with our residents.

We have been doing a lot of work to try and change that. pdf View the results from our Bigger Picture Survey 2018 (1.59 MB) , in which we consulted over 1200 11-17 year olds.

Following this survey, we worked with our partners to develop actions that targeted some of the key issues young people have raised with us and we developed a four year action plan.  pdf Read four year action plan (2.20 MB)

We also wanted to let you know what we are already doing to tackle some of the issues you raised.  Take a look at our 'You said, we did' update below for more details.

pdf Read 'you said, we did' update (258 KB) (latest update, September 2019)

The Inbox Newsletter

The Inbox newsletter has been produced for young people by young people. 

pdf Check out the latest edition of Inbox newsletter (September 2019) (1.06 MB)

The Youth Champion

Hello from our Youth Champion, Councillor Caroline Palethorpe 

Youth Champion - Caroline PalethorpeI have been appointed Member Champion for young people at Malvern Hills District Council and I just wanted to introduce myself. I have worked with young people for over 15 years in a number of roles and I will be working hard over the next four years to engage you in the democratic process. I am also really looking forward to working with our very first Youth Chairperson and three Youth Advisors, who will ensure young people across the district have a stronger voice in the decision making process.

I want to hear about issues that concern you and your ideas on how we can make Malvern a district that meets the needs of our future generations. You can find out more about my champion role on the Councillor information page and you are welcome to get in touch with me. I can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have Your Say

There are lots of ways to tell us what you think.  You could:

  • Contact your Youth Chairperson and Advisors by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Attend or join the Worcestershire Youth Cabinet - The Worcestershire Youth Cabinet is a group of young people (aged 11 to 18) who aim to provide all of the young people who live in Worcestershire with a voice – a voice that is heard and listened to by local, regional and national government, by providers of services for young people and by any other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people.
  • Respond to our Consultations - we consult residents on a range of council priorities.
  • Contact your local councillors - who are your representatives on the district council. Not sure which ward you live in? Find out using the My Local Area Search
  • Contact your MP -  Harriett Baldwin
  • Submit a question to a meeting of the full council - you can submit a question to our Council or Overview & Scrutiny Committees on anything relating to issues that affect the general economic, social or environmental well-being of the community. 
  • Organise and present a petition - anyone who lives, works or studies in the Malvern Hills district can organise a petition.