We have been elected by 13,200 young people to proactively represent your views to people who make key decisions about young people in the borough. We have been working fervently, finding out the views of young people to establish a clear picture of their issues, aspirations and concerns.
We have undertaken this by a number of different consultations, such as the following:
We have also developed films talking the following issues:
To carry out our work we are divided into Working Groups:
During working group meetings we plan our work, visit other youth provisions and of course have fun whilst we strive to hear and respond to young people’s views, learn new skills, work with partners and get involved in the community. You are very welcome to join one for our working groups if you want to, please contact one ot the Engagement team for details.
One of our manifesto priorities was around improving young people’s mental health in Richmond and Kingston so we worked with Healthwatch Richmond and Healthwatch Kingston to create a questionnaire that covered the issues we thought were important around mental health.
We then contacted all secondary schools in Richmond and Kingston to ask them to encourage their pupils to complete the survey, we visited 22 youth clubs across both boroughs and we visited other groups such as the Youth Offending Team Triage group, Richmond Young Carers, TAG group for young people with disabilities, the YES bus in Kingston town centre and both borough’s Children in Care Councils.We got 1580 questionnaires completed!
Please see our film summarising the main findings and our recommendations on how to improve services.
Full Richmond Youth Council meetings are held in York House, Twickenham every four weeks from 5.30 to 7.30pm and anyone can attend.
For any future dates please contact one of the Engagement team:
Michael Connors (Lead Worker)
Phone: 020 8288 7511
Phone: 020 8288 0916
Phone: 020 8288 7511 / 07768 361 772
The Youth Scrutiny Panel is made up of elected members of Richmond Youth Council as well as non elected members. It was developed in partnership with young people, Democratic Services, and AFC. The panel have a term’s of reference and works in supporting the work of the council Overview and Scrutiny. Recent scrutiny work has focused on Career Guidance in secondary schools. A full copy of the Youth Scrutiny Panel’s report can be requested along with a film capturing involving young people in the scrutiny process
Currently the Youth Scrutiny Panel is planning their next Scrutiny project.
The Youth Safeguarding Group is made up of elected members of Richmond Youth Council as well as non elected members. This group works closely with LSCB in ensuring young people’s views inform the local safeguarding agenda. They have undertaken a borough wide piece of peer research to ascertain young people’s understanding of what constitutes safeguarding, as well as knowledge of the relevant support service young people can access in the borough.
Based on the finding and recommendations of that peer research the LSCB has just commissioned the Youth Safeguarding Group to undertake the development of a high profile, innovative campaign to create more awareness amongst young people of safeguarding issues. This work is currently in the planning stages.
If you are a young person not currently in employment, education or training you could help us develop an exciting new project.