Richmond Youth Council

We are a group of 21 democratically elected young people from each of the five local areas in the borough.

View the full list of Youth Council members.

What do we do?

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:

  • ‘All in One’ young people’s survey
  • Richmond Children and Young People’s Plan
  • Youth Summit
  • Young people and smoking peer research
  • Homeless young people
  • Sexual health peer research
  • Visiting various youth clubs and schools
  • School survey 2012-13
  • Young people and Stop and Search Peer Research
  • Young people and Safeguarding Peer Research
  • Young Carers Peer Research project
  • Youth Scrutiny Panel – Peer research into Career Guidance in Secondary schools. Find out more and apply

We have also developed films talking the following issues:

  • Young people and Risky Behaviour
  • National Child Measurement Programme

Our key goals for the coming year:

  • To improve the mental health of young people in Richmond
  • To create an awareness around substance misuse and the impact it can have on lives and society
  • To create greater awareness of sex education including child exploitation, STI prevention and Abusive relationships.

RYC Working Groups

To carry out our work we are divided into Working Groups:

  • Mental Health and substance misuse
  • Sex education

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.

Mental Health and substance misuse

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 Youth Council meetings

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
Email: michael.connor@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Ben Skelton

Phone: 020 8288 0916
Email: ben.skelton@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Cara-Anne Lloyd

Phone: 020 8288 7511 / 07768 361 772
Email: cara.lloyd@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Youth Scrutiny Panel

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.

Youth Safeguarding Group

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.

RYC / KYC NEET Project

If you are a young person not currently in employment, education or training you could help us develop an exciting new project.

Find out more(pdf, 313KB)

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Updated: 20 January 2017