There are youth councils in some of the districts in West Sussex. They allow young people to voice their opinions on local issues and projects, and are taken into account when local decisions are being made.
2 Arun Youth Council
The Youth Council is made up of young people aged between 11-19 who live, work or go to school or college in the Arun district.
Our aim is to increase awareness of local decision making, to give our views to the people that make the decisions and to make a difference in our community. We have 2 meetings a year which are open to all members and further meetings throughout the year to plan and carry out specific projects and activities. Every November we hold a debate as part of the national Takeover Challenge and hold a Youth Community Award Scheme to recognise the contribution of young people in the area.
The best way to find out about what we are doing is through your school council or contact us to get involved.
Website: Arun Youth Council
3 Crawley Young Persons Council (CYPC)
If you are aged between 11-25 and live in Crawley you can nominate yourself to be on the Crawley Young Persons Council. Elections take place every 2 years and we meet once a month in the Town Hall or at a venue in the town centre.
We have been involved in lots of activities including:
- Youth question time which discussed racism, LGBT issues, mental health, budgeting and peer pressure.
- Working in partnership with the Crawley Campaign against Racism and Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group on an immigration and racism project.
- Working with Fixers UK and Youth Voice Network to create a DVD and workshop material around using the word gay in a negative way.
The current executive committee members are:
- Chair – Gulshan Akhtar
- Vice-Chair – Sam Trumpeter
- Secretary – Niroshan Ganeshan and Charlotte Simmons
- Treasurer – Rheanna Taylor
Phone: 01293 438565
4 Horsham Youth Council (HYPER)
The council is made up of young people aged between 13-18 and gives them the opportunity to have their say on issues. The group meets every 2 weeks during term-time at 4.30pm at the Granary.
- Planning the annual Speak Out youth conference.
- Raised the issue of the lighting in Horsham park, which was a popular issue among young people, to make them feel more safe.
- Raised awareness of support needed by lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender young people.
- Raised £531 for the SpringBoard project through our ‘Neon Night’ fundraiser.
- Ran the ‘Eat Breakfast’ campaign in secondary schools.
- Launched the ‘Break the Ice’ campaign.
- Met with several people from the district, such as councillors and police officers to discuss various issues.
Getting involved means you can influence what happens in your community but also looks good on your CV and counts towards your Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Phone: 01403 215137
5 Mid Sussex Youth Action Council
Mid Sussex District Council engages with young people when planning and organising community events and projects. They offer a number of different volunteering opportunities during the summer, arranging and taking part in the 3 national playdays in August which includes, event planning, arts and craft support, registration, site and stall management.
6 East Grinstead Youth Council
We meet monthly in the Chamber Room at the Town Council offices in East Court. If you want to get involved, get in touch.
Phone: 07779 223421
7 Adur & Worthing Youth Council
The Council are an elected body of young people aged between 12-19 who live, work or go to school in Adur or Worthing. Elections take place in March and candidates are elected for a 3 year term. They meet every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in the Town Hall, Worthing, 6.30pm - 8.30pm but also attend extra community meetings when needed.
The council is a way for young people in Adur and Worthing to have an input into the decisions that affect them. All youth councillors gain certificates for their Volunteering with V. volunteering and also work towards ASDAN accreditation in a variety of subjects depending on their personal interests. We let young people know what we are doing via the schools email system and by talking at youth centres and colleges.
The project we are working on this year is the Worthing Pier Past Present and Future.
The current committee are:
- Chair – Sherry Shafique
- Vice Chair – Katie Waters
- Secretary – Caitlin Robinson
- Treasurer – Matteo Miele
- Press officers – Aftab Ahamad
- International Coordinator – Ollie Rawlings
Website: Adur & Worthing Youth Council
Phone: 07970 592433