UK Youth Voice

Youth engagement is embedded in all our work and we support our members to involve young people in decision making in their youth organisations and in their wider community.

Our UK Youth Voice group is compiled of young people aged 16-25 who represent every region and nation of the UK. Together they form our National Steering Board and are fundamental to everything we do, feeding into our strategy and overall direction. UK Youth Voice sit right at the heart of UK Youth.

Every year young people from across the UK Youth network get involved in policy work, fundraising, conference organising, programme design and delivery, and campaigning on behalf of their peers. As well as having a national platform to voice all things relating to young people and youth work, UK Youth Voice members have the incredible opportunity to travel all over the UK, meet new people, and develop a whole range of life skills including; communication, teamwork,organising events and leadership.

UK Youth Voice members strengthen links between youth organisations, build relationships with decision makers and inspire other young people to take action on the things that matter to them the most.

UK Youth Voice attend Avon Tyrrell, April 2018.

“Imagine getting an opportunity to do something you never thought even existed, that’s what Voice does! Young people have never had the attention that’s needed to make a difference, but UK Youth Voice gives you these incredible opportunities and a boundless confidence to do anything!”

Millie Chick, UK Youth Voice representative for the South East

“UK Youth Voice is all about making young people heard in all areas of life, delivering the chance of a lifetime for you to speak up and to inspire a wide range of young people from different backgrounds. It doesn’t have to be somebody who loves politics, it can be somebody who’s looking for something more or another direction.”

Kerrie Starkie, UK Youth Voice representative for the North West

UK Youth Voice with CEO Anna Smee at our Awards & Showcase event, November 2018. 

UK Youth Voice is recruiting!

Do you want to be part of creating a bright future for all young people?

Are you aged 16-25, passionate, committed and want to be the next campaigner, activist or make a difference?

Membership is for two years and requires a commitment of four weekend meetings a year plus the opportunity to get involved in projects and represent UK Youth Voice at various platforms. You will represent your region and link up with UK Youth’s network of youth organisations in your area.You will also have the opportunity to listen to the views of young people and use them to influence UK Youth and national policy.

We’re currently looking for young people from within our member network to represent the North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humber, South West, South East, West Midlands, East Midlands and the East of England. Additionally, we’re working with our national partners Youth Cymru, Youth Scotland and Youth Action Northern Ireland to identify young people to represent Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

UK Youth is backed up by a national network of youth organisations across the UK. If you’re part of a member organisation of UK Youth and would like to apply for UK Youth Voice, simply fill in our short application form. If you’re unsure whether your club is a member or not, please get in touch.

Sound like something you’re interested in? Simply apply by completing our application form before the 1st February 2019. Our current UK Youth Voice members will be assessing applications and you may be invited for an informal chat over the phone. We will let you know as soon as possible after the interviews if you are successful or not.

Don’t worry if you’re not successful as there will still be an opportunity to join our wider youth voice network. If you are successful, the first residential weekend will be the 26th-28th April 2019, please keep these dates available. If you have any specific support needs, please let us know. UK Youth Voice is an open, inclusive and accessible place.

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