On behalf of the Oldham Youth Voice Family, local young people have spoken, and we need your help to turn our views into positive action.
Every year the local Youth Service and Oldham Youth Council deliver the annual national ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot, that empowers young people aged 11 – 18 to vote on issues they feel are the highest local and national priorities.
The following were among our top concerns and we want to bring more young people together to work with decision makers on making a positive difference on:
- Protecting the environment,
- Putting an end to knife crime,
- Tackling mental health.
So, we’re hosting a series of summit events called Over to Youth between February 8-14, 2020 to address our priority issues and to create a week of youth voice action.
In addition, our Youth Mayor, Samah Khalil is holding a ball on Friday, February 14 to round of Over to Youth, which celebrates the achievements of local children and young people. The ball will also raise funds for her chosen charity, Real Change and will include awards for inspirational young people (click here to find out how to nominate).
We appreciate that it’s not that far away, but we hope as a school you can support us next month in some way. As you will see below there’s many ways we’d love your pupils and teachers to get involved.
We will be in touch again soon as we iron out a few details over the next couple of weeks, but if you want to express your support or have any questions about our events, please get in touch by clicking the relevant buttons below or email: [email protected]
Oldham Youth Voice Family
Date: Sat, Feb 8
Location: Parliament Square, Oldham town centre
Children and young people will come together with some special guests to understand how they can contribute to saving the planet.
Banner making, speeches and stalls will be the order of the day before a parade will take place through Oldham town centre.
Date: Tues, Feb 11
Time: Morning session (primary schools) / Afternoon session (secondary schools)
Location: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham
Lots of fun, insightful and engaging activities for pupils and teachers to work together on what’s working in our schools concerning mental health among young people and what the gaps are. Come along with your class or a selection of pupils, as well as your mental wellbeing lead.
Date: Thurs, Feb 13
Location: Council Chamber, Oldham Civic Centre
Young people of Oldham to have meaningful dialogue with decision makers about making change in their communities and preventing the possession and use of knives. We’re looking for one or two young people from your school to come along to the event and help spread our anti-knives message
At our Youth Mayor’s Ball which celebrates the amazing things our young people have done across Oldham; we’re looking to reward those inspiring youngsters with the recognition they deserve with our Inspirational Young Person’s Awards.
We have awards to dish out on the night (Feb 14) to three standout youngsters for the following age groups:
- Primary school age – 5 to 10
- Secondary school age – 11 to 16
- Post 16 age group – 17- 25
Surely, there’s someone in your school who you can put forward for such a deserving feat and will be celebrated and invited to the glitzy ball at The Eastern Pavilion, Oldham.
It’s a quick form to fill and is available by clicking the button below. Please get your submissions in by Fri, Jan 24.