Rotherham Youth Cabinet launches new manifesto

Published Thursday, 29th October 2015
Rotherham Youth Cabinet launches new manifesto
Back Row: Abbie Reid, Jack Hogan, Ashley Gregory, Danny-Lee Gillings, Emilia Ashton, Oliver Blake, Paige Hobson. Front Row: Mayor Cllr Maggi Clark,Tom Jackson, Katie Chedzgoy, Lucy Jeffs, Casey Holmes, Rebecca Parkin, Toni Paxford, Ian Thomas - Strategic Director of Children’s Services.

Rotherham Youth Cabinet has launched its manifesto for 2015-2016.

The Manifesto sets out what the Youth Cabinet aims to achieve over the next 12 months. These plans include:

  • Raising awareness and interest in local and national politics among young people and encouraging participation in the democratic process
  • Organising a borough-wide young people’s conference around emotional well-being and mental health
  • Working in conjunction with Rotherham Looked After Children’s Council to create a proud and positive image of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Working with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and local bus companies on issues about public transport for young people with a particular focus on bus passes for 16 to 18 year olds
  • Helping young people in Rotherham to have an understanding of the lives and needs of all people from within its diverse communities through curriculum-based work and community cohesion activities of Youth Cabinet members.

The Youth Cabinet members were joined by members and officers from Rotherham Council’s Children’s Service and Early Help, MPs and representatives from local schools and health services at the launch event held on Thursday 22 October at Rotherham Town Hall.

Visitors were able to watch a video highlighting the Youth Cabinet’s achievements followed by individual members telling their own personal stories from the last 12 months. There was also an update on the work of the Rotherham UK Youth Parliament.

Invited speakers included the Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Maggi Clark and Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children’s Services at Rotherham Borough Council.

Cllr Clark said: "The Youth Cabinet plays an important role in helping to shape our services and its members should be proud of their achievements over the last 12 months.

"This new manifesto is an excellent piece of work and I am so impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by every member of the Cabinet. They are a real asset to the borough.”

Ian Thomas commented: "The Youth Cabinet provides us with a real insight into the views and opinions of young people across Rotherham.

"This is crucial information as we work to develop a service that reflects what young people want and ensure they have every opportunity to reach their full potential.

"I am proud to be working with such a fantastic and enthusiastic group."

Rebecca Parkin, Rotherham Youth Councillor and Young Healthwatch Ambassador said: "The Youth Cabinet has done some amazing work and we’re incredibly blessed to again be launching our manifesto for 2015-16, which will also be my last one.

"I’m so excited about our upcoming work on mental health, something we are all passionate about and have focused a lot of work on in the past few years. The Youth Cabinet has undertaken so much great work since last year and so we will be celebrating all our achievements too."