The Youth Council gives young people the opportunity to have a voice, discuss relevant issues, engage with, challenge and support decision makers and contribute to improving the lives of young people in the area. All young people aged 11 to 20, who live, work or go to school or college in the area can attend the Youth Council. Below you will find information on some of the projects the Youth Council have been involved in.
There is information and resources out there that parents and carers can encourage their young people to access to help improve their emotional wellbeing. The ‘Positive Steps’ towards emotional wellbeing gives young people some suggestions about what steps they can take to help them cope with life’s demands:
• Accept who you are
• Talk about it
• Do something you enjoy
• Sleep well, eat well
• Spend quality time with others
To find out more, access the guide via the link below:
We are all different and have different perceptions of what people should look like and be like. Body image is something that can affect young people and can affect their emotional and physical health.
There is information and resources out there that parents and carers can use to encourage their young people to develop and maintain a positive body image.
The ‘Be Unique’ positive body image campaign, led by young people, focuses on promoting messages to encourage young people to have positive body image and aims to help change perceptions and behaviours.
Top ten tips have been identified to help people to ‘Be Unique’ which can lead to a positive body image and improved emotional wellbeing. The tips are:
• Don’t focus on what other people’s bodies are like
• Do focus on the things you like about your appearance
• Each day, say one thing you like about yourself
• Focus on accomplishments that have to do with who you are as a person, not what you look like
• Understand that things we see in the print or in the media have been altered to perfection, everything is not what it seems
• You don’t need validation from anyone else to feel good about yourself
• No one is perfect, so embrace that you have difference and love the things that make you unique
• Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel good about yourself
• Do things that make you happy
• Love yourself that way you are right now, not what or who you could be.
For more info and other resources, please go to:
Social Media is a part of young people’s lives. It’s a great way of communicating, getting information and keep in touch, but it is important to remind and educate young people to be responsible users to make sure they get the best out of it and keep themselves safe.
The Social Media Charter, developed by young people for young people, schools and families, reminds young people of the positives of using social media charter, but also what can happen if it’s used in the wrong way.
It also make suggestions about how to ‘BE SMART’ on social media.
B – Behaviours
E – Educate
S – Safe
M – Manage
A – Actions
R – Report
T – Think
Whether it’s school staff, governors, parents, carers or someone else, adults also have a role to play in relation to social media.
5 P’s for adults
And also PRACTICE what you PREACH! Adults are in a great position to model behaviours, so you should also ‘BE SMART’ on line.
For more info, click on the links above or to access the charter and other resources, go to: