Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council
The Youth Council aims to makes a positive difference in our community and raise awareness about issues that matter to young people.
The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council gives young people who live or study in the borough the chance to have their say on the issues that matter to them and their friends. They work in partnership with many of the borough and county's youth services to make sure young people's voices are heard.
With a growing need for youth services such as sport facilities, mental health services, a growing LGBTQ+ community and a rise in youth anti-social behaviour (ASB), it is vital our Youth Council are engaging with our younger community. The Youth Council are passionate about challenges that young people face today and in raising awareness for these issues.
Recent Youth Council projects have included:
- Hosting a virtual Question Time based on the format of the BBC's flagship topical debating programme, with a panel of key decision makers from across Hertfordshire.
- Working with Just Talk Herts to produce an interactive mental health pack focusing on the five ways to wellbeing
- Organising an art competition on the theme of 'Welwyn Hatfield and the environment'.
- Running a number of litter picks across the borough.
The Youth Council has elected a new chair, Ethan Summer and vice chair, Hannah Maskrey, who will be leading the Youth Council in 2021-22. This year they have decided to have one overarching priority which is Health and Safety. Within this priority they will cover the environment, education, discrimination, and lots more.
If you think you'd like to become a Youth Councillor, get involved or just find out more, please go to our page on the council website.
Mental Health partnerships
In previous years, Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council have worked with Just Talk Herts to produce an interactive mental health pack focusing on the five ways to wellbeing. On the Just Talk website you can work through the e-learning modules to learn about the five ways to wellbeing and learn techniques to help improve your mental health and wellbeing.
What is Just Talk?
Just Talk is a multi-agency campaign, which encourages Hertfordshire's children and young people to show strength through talking about their mental health.
The Just Talk website provides a hub of information, tools and resources for children and young people, their parents or carers, and professionals to ensure that young people have the tools to help improve their own wellbeing.
Just like physical illness, anyone can develop a mental illness, and while the Five Ways to Wellbeing can be helpful for children and young people with a mental illness, usually additional support will be needed.