The Inbox newsletter has been produced for young people by young people.
Check out the latest edition of Inbox newsletter (September 2019)
On this page you can find out more about:
- Are you our next Youth Chairperson?
- The Bigger Picture Survey for young people - you said, we did
- Things to do
- The Youth Champion
- How to have your say and get involved
We are looking for our first ever Youth Chairperson. Interested but got questions? Come and have a chat to us about the role, have a look around the Council House and meet the officer who will be supporting the Chairperson.
This is an opportunity to find out more about the role and ask any questions you may have. Chats are available between 10am-5pm on Wednesday 19 February and between 4-6pm on Tuesday 3rd March.
About the role
The position of Youth Chair has recently been introduced at Malvern Hills District Council and we are looking for a young person who has the dedication to improve the lives of our young population.
In 2018 we surveyed over 1200 young people about what it is like to live, work and study in the district. 85% of those who completed the survey also said they wanted to be kept informed and involved in our decision making and this is one way we want to get our young people involved in what we do.
The position of Young Chair involves:
- Receiving a budget of £1000 to aid you in addressing the pressing problems of our young generation
- The opportunity to make your CV stand out from the rest, as you will have proven your commitment to improving the lives of our community, and played a vital role in local government
- Raising awareness of the positive contribution young people make to the district and ensuring their voices are heard
- Working with the district’s young people on key priorities
Who can apply?
Any young person can stand for Youth Chair as long as you:
- Live in the Malvern Hills District, you check by inputting your postcode in your My Local Area
- Are between the ages of 11-17yrs
- Have the permission of your parent/carer AND school/college/training provider
What’s the time commitment?
- The role will run from May 2020 to May 2021.
- We estimate that you would spend approximately 15 hours of school time and five hours of personal time on the role in total.
As a minimum, you would:
- Attend an induction and chair skills training session (during school time)
- Run an annual Malvern Youth Forum as part of Local Democracy Day with representatives from our five high schools, to focus on active consultations (during school time)
- Offer a visit to each of the five high school’s youth councils (during school time)
- Meet with the Leader; Portfolio Holder for Communities and Youth Champion of Malvern Hills District Council periodically (during school time)
- Hold an annual budget pitch session for applicants to the youth chair budget scheme (during school time)
In addition you will be asked to attend or send video or written updates to:
- Worcestershire’s Youth Cabinet twice a year
- MHDC’s council meeting twice a year
How do I apply?
Complete the short Youth Chairperson Application Form
Send us a short video (no more than 3 minutes) via We Transfer telling us:
- Why you want to become the Chairperson
- Why you think you would be good in the role
- What key issues you want to focus on
- What you would like to get out of the role
If shortlisted, you will be invited to meet with a panel of three young people, a district officer and a councillor to tell us more about your interest in the role. They will then make a decision on who our first Youth Chairperson will be.
What else should I know?
- You will be reimbursed for any costs incurred in carrying out the role (including mileage)
- You will be supported in your role by a district council officer (with enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check)
- We want to promote all that you do in the role so we will take photos and video of you carrying out the role to promote on social media and in press releases. You and your parents/carers will be asked to sign a photo permission form before taking on the role.
Deadline for applications is Friday 20 March 2020.
Thank you for your interest in the role and best of luck with your application.
Young people remain a group that we consistently fail to hear from whenever we engage with our residents.
Over the last two years we have been doing a lot of work to try and change that. View the results from our Bigger Picture Survey, in which we consulted over 1200 young people during 2018.
We have been working with our partners to develop actions that target some of the key issues young people have raised with us and we have developed a four year action plan.
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.
You said, we did (latest update, September 2019)
57% of young people surveyed told us that their life could be improved if they had more things to do. We are working with our partners to find out about the activities available to young people across the district. We have started work on this and you can view the latest version of the guide below.
Apprenticeships allow you to combine work with studying for qualifications to help further your career. You can continue your education up to degree level, receive paid for training, earn money and gain skills that employers want. They are for anyone aged 16 or over, including people who have been to university.
Apprenticeships offer many advantages over university including:
- debt free – you earn while you learn so you can avoid being saddled with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt
- likely to lead to a career with your employer – you will already have experience of doing the job meaning you have an advantage over university leavers
- a real alternative - they give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification
42% of young people surveyed told us they would be prepared to volunteer some time to be involved in local services, with 6% telling us they already do.
We asked what would be most likely to encourage our young people to get more involved and 'more opportunities appropriate to my age group' was one of the most popular responses.
We have also compiled a booklet with a bit more information on some of the opportunities available locally.
There are lots of good reasons to volunteer.
Hello from our Youth Champion, Councillor Caroline Palethorpe
There are lots of ways to tell us what you think. You could:
- 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.
- Come and speak to us - we will be out and about with local councillors in your ward and we will also have a stand at some events.
- 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 outusing 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.