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RBWM Youth Voice

Youth Council

 

The Royal Borough Windsor Maidenhead Council with Achieving for Children is setting up a Youth Council to represent all young people from across The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. 

 
Do you want to contribute to real positive change?

Things we want from you:
  • Be the voice of young people, 
  • Contribute to local council policies, 
  • Produce campaigns and projects about issues that are important to young people
  • Make sure every young person can have a say in decisions that affect them

General Youth Council Members Expectations and Responsibilities:
  • To be between the ages of 14 and 19.
  • To be in post for a minimum of 1 year.
  • You need to either live or go to school within the RBWM.
  • To meaningfully participate and engage fully in at least 2 meetings per month.
  • To be an active two way communicator between their school/college/youth centre/group and the Youth Council
  • To be respectful and understanding of all other members' views/opinions.
  • To respectfully challenge and debate issues.
  • To arrive on time or to contact the Youth Engagement Officer to highlight lateness or absence.
  • To support and assist the other members.
  • To be prepared to work outside of meeting time to complete required agreed tasks within a set time frame.
  • To promote the Youth Council.
  • To agree and then abide by the RBWM Youth Council Constitution.
  • To give a voice to young people
Contact Elaine Keating, Youth Engagement Officer on elaine.keating@achievingforchildren.org.uk
 
Named Youth Council Roles:

As well as general Youth Council members, there will also be named Youth Council roles. These roles include but are not limited to: Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Overview and Scrutiny Panel members.  There will also be non-voting adults who sit on the Youth Council representing but not limited to the Council and Children’s Services.

These roles of Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Overview and Scrutiny Panel members will be decided and elected by the Youth Council.  The Youth Council might decide they want more/other roles or change the roles descriptions.
 
We will also have a standing item on each agenda which will be an update on the RBWM Cabinet Forward Plan. 

Chair
You will receive brief training on being a chair
Work with Youth Engagement Officer on compiling Agendas for meetings.
Lead the meetings, move discussions along so we can get through the agenda on time
Work with Local Councillors in order to resolve the Youth Councils issues.
Attend meetings with adults to promote and discuss Youth Council objectives.
Will reserve their vote unless there is a draw on a vote

Deputy Chair
You will receive brief training on being a deputy chair
Stand in for the Chair when they are not available.
Work with Local Councillors in order to resolve the Youth Councils issues.

Secretary
You will receive brief training on being a Secretary
Record minutes of the meetings and make sure they are sent out in a timely manner
Will make sure that the agenda is distributed amongst the members

Overview and Scrutiny Panel Member
There are four Overview and Scrutiny Panels within RBWM.  These panels exist to ensure that members of an authority who were not part of the executive could hold the executive to account for the decisions and actions that affect their communities.  We want a Youth Council to work closely with the Chair of each of the Overview and Scrutiny Panels.