Lambeth Youth Council is two things
Each local authority has a legal obligation to ensure that young people are involved in decision-making that affects their lives. This comes about because of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 12.1:
States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.
Lambeth Youth Council, among other programmes and initiatives fulfils this obligation.
We are a youth development programme with a focus on politics and democracy. Our activities are focused on making sure that young people in Lambeth get a say, there are lots of ways we do this. We gain public speaking, presenting, project management and leadership skills. We also attend training around research, networking, event management, communications and public engagement. What we learn with the Youth Council not only helps us make a difference now, but gives us skills we can use at school, college, university and work. We also get together for social activities, trips, residentials and days out.
We meet every two weeks, usually on a Thursday evening at a convenient location (Usually Brixton Library). This is for our main meeting which we use to catch up with each other, discuss the progress of our projects, the engagements that we’ve been to and enquiries we have received.
In between these meetings, we attend events, board meetings, run smaller projects, meet with MPs, Councillors and other decision-makers, other youth councils and forums.
Each member chooses how much they would like to be involved and is supported by the group and a professional youth worker.