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District Youth Councils

Information about each youth council and how to contact them.

1 Overview

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 

Contact: dee.christensen@arun.gov.uk or oliver.handson@arun.gov.uk 

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. 

This year the youth council will focus on:

  • racism
  • knife crime
  • mental health support
  • drug and alcohol awareness
  • vaping in schools.

The Youth Council will be filming a new promotional video holding a youth question time in November 2023.

4 Mid Sussex Youth Action Council

There are a lot of activities taking place for children and young people in Mid-Sussex.

We are currently well underway planning our 'Easter Free Fun' events which will take place on:

  • Wednesday 5 April - Victoria Park, Haywards Heath at 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 April - St John’s Park, Burgess Hill at 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Thursday 13 April - Mount Noddy, East Grinstead at 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Activities will be centred around the park tennis courts. There will also be lots of local sports clubs providing equipment for a chance to try out something new!

  • Free drop in events
  • No need to book
  • Sport equipment provided

Please register below to receive information about the free events.

5 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. 

Contact: caroline.halpin@outsetyouth.org.uk

Phone:  07779 223421

6 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

Contact: shirley.robinsonviney@ntlworld.com

Phone: 07970 592433

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Last updated:
23 November 2023
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