OYC Meeting Minutes – 22/08/18
Apologies :- Stefany M., Alex R., Samah K.
READING FRIENDS – POSSIBLE PROJECT
Chris has been contacted by Oldham Library about the Reading Friends project. Aimed at helping lonely and isolated old people, the project aims to help stop loneliness felt by elderly people. Doing activities such as crafts, dementia friendly cinema and singing for the brain, this pilot project wants the youth council to get involved, taking charge in some of the activities. These activities would allow intergenerational work to occur by involving schools, and allow stories to be shared between generations. After a discussion with Jodie with member is Oldham Youth Council, it is wanted to be followed up.
SUPER RESI FEEDBACK
The Super Resi that occurred on the 13-15th August, which had members of all four groups under the Oldham Youth Voice Family brought together in different activities and workshops. This agenda item allowed more feedback to come from members of Oldham Youth Council and to share their experiences with Youth Councillors who weren’t able to attend the Super Resi. One idea mentioned is to keep the conflict resolution ongoing, as it did help with some issues that may be in between people.
It was voted in the meeting if the Oldham Youth Council should incorporate the CICC and BB into the manifesto as forums that make up part of the Oldham Youth Voice Family, and a unanimous vote passed this statement.
Oldham Youth Council MANIFESTO
Following collective work from a few meeting prior, a new draft with all of the sections of collectively written paragraph connecting to the issues that Oldham Youth Council stand for. Splitting into two groups, discussions occurred about the content of the paragraphs, if more information on why we stand for is needed and if some information needs to be removed.
One key issue that was brought up was specific information is needed. The paragraphs have a lot of general information about what it means by Oldham Youth Council standing on a certain situation, but their is a lack on specifics that would explain why and would show more care and empathy into the sections of the manifesto.
One other issue that has been brought up is repetition,
QAVS AWARD PRESENTATION
Oldham Youth Council won the Queen’s Award for voluntary services, and have been invited to the awards ceremony on the 29th August. Members of the Youth Council who have been on the youth council for a long period of time have been chosen, but there are a few places left on the trip that can be given to other youth councillors. It was decided, due to more youth councillors wanting to attend then places, that names would be taken out of a hat.
DYNAMIX A trip with an overnight stay
The Dynamix A trip with an overnight stay that is happening 28th – 1st September is asking for more volunteers aged 13 – 16.
THIS AGENDA ITEM HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THE MEETING OF 05/09/18.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING THINK BOX
Jodie wanted to talk about how important the mental health and wellbeing of the youth council and individual youth councillors is. In recent times, it has been seen that some youth councillors have been made to feel uncomfortable or left out, causing them to feel like they don’t belong in the youth council and that maybe they should leave. No youth councillor should ever be made to feel like this, as we work as a team. On the Super Resi, Chris lead a Conflict Resolution workshop, aimed to help youth councillors to learn the skills on how to solve conflict, and some youth councillors hope that this will be carried forward due to the help and usefulness of the workshop.
EVENTS AND TRIPS
Events and Trips were given out to Youth Councillors at the Meeting.
A Nationwide campaign, run by UK Youth parliament, that gathers information on what is important to the youth of the United Kingdom. has now been released by British Youth Council – A Youth Lead organisation representing 11-18 year olds across Great Britain.!