Blaby District Youth Council

Blaby District Youth Council is a group, who represent the views of young people throughout the District, giving them the opportunity to: -

  • Have a voice
  • Discuss relevant issues
  • Engage with decision-makers
  • Contribute to improving the lives of young people within their communities

Anyone aged between 11 and 19 (or up to 24 with additional needs) who lives, works or goes to school in the District can join.

What's in it for you?

  • Learn about your community and develop an understanding of political processes, citizenship and representation
  • Get involved in community projects and be involved in consultations on topics that affect young people
  • Influence future policy and decisions on issues affecting young people
  • Gain valuable skills and experiences for the future. There are lots of roles available to help you do this: Chairing the meetings, Secretary (taking meeting minutes), Recruitment, Treasurer (budgets and grants) and get certificates of achievement to add to your CV
  • Councillor Shadowing, get a flavour of what it’s like to be a local councillor and how democracy works in practice. It’s also a great chance for you to spend time with Councillors and share your concerns and hopes and develop your confidence and leadership skills
  • Use your volunteer hours towards Duke of Edinburgh or other accreditations through your school or college
  • Free membership to Enderby Leisure Centre

The Youth Council also have a grants scheme where we can award money to projects we feel will benefit our communities by developing and strengthening the range of support and activities for young people in Blaby District.

Below are some of the organisations that have benefitted from Youth Council funding: -

  • 3rd Braunstone Brownies
  • Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club
  • Hathi Productions Ltd
  • Kirby Muxloe 88 JFC 
  • LCC Whetstone St Peters CE Primary School
  • Reality Youth Project
  • Street vibe
  • Whetstone PCC

Below are just some of the things we have achieved as a Youth Council:

  • Visited Parliament where we were given a tour, took part in a representation and voting workshop and had a Question and Answer session with our local MP
  • Organised a hate awareness event, in partnership with Leicestershire Police, which was attended by Parish Councils, District Councillors and people from local voluntary organisations working with young people
  • Held a health and wellbeing event for young people at our local leisure centre
  • Invited Magistrates from our local court to attend a meeting where they ran a mock trial. We were introduced to the legal system through an interactive experience
  • Attended the British Youth Council Annual Council Meeting in Cardiff where we put forward a policy motion on self-harm, which was accepted into their manifesto for 2018/19
  • Made 3 short films to raise awareness around self-harm in young people.  The aims were:  To encourage young people to speak out and get support and deliver the message that 'it can get better.'
  • Held a Youth Conference, which was attended by 60+ young people, where we agreed our priorities for 2019/20

Priorities for 2019/20

  • Knife Crime Campaign
  • ASB, Drugs and Gangs Campaign
  • Youth Conference 2020

Youth Council Meeting Dates...

Blaby District Youth Council meetings usually take place on a Monday evening, every 4 weeks, except where there is a Bank Holiday. The next meetings are: -

3 February - 6pm - 8pm

2 March - 6pm - 8pm

30 March - 6pm - 8pm

27 April - 6pm - 8pm

All meetings are held at Blaby Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough, Leicester, LE19 2EP.

Feel free to come to one of our meetings if you're interested in joining! For more information, contact the Community Development, Work and Skills Team

Last updated 25 March 2021
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