Hillingdon Youth Council represents the young people of Hillingdon and provides a voice for young people who live, study or work in the borough.
It is a forum in which young people can discuss and exchange their views and opinions about issues affecting young people.
The Youth Council is made up of young people from across the borough - from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds - who are aged between 11 and 19-years-old (up to 25 with SEND). The core group is elected through an annual election process through schools in Hillingdon, but all are welcome to get involved.
Youth Council works in partnership with UK Youth Parliament and London Youth Assembly.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, meetings are currently being held virtually via Zoom on Wednesdays between 5pm and 6.30pm.
The group is involved in a variety of activities, including:
organising and running the annual Hillingdon Youth Conference
carrying out project work on issues raised by young people
increasing people's understanding of different cultures to reduce racism and racial discrimination
liaising with key people within the council to raise concerns of young people and inform the council's strategic planning and decision-making process
liaising with key agencies that provide services for young people and giving feedback/recommendations on proposed projects
enabling Hillingdon's 2 members of the UK Youth Parliament to receive feedback from young people - and vice versa
enabling Hillingdon's two members of the London Youth Assembly to receive feedback from young people, and vice versa
Why become a member?
It may sound like the Hillingdon Youth Council is a very formal group and only for the most politically minded, but it's not. Most members join because they want to show adults what young people think, want and what they can achieve. Young people find that being part of the Youth Council helps them develop their skills, knowledge and self-confidence, whilst making new friendships.