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IMPACT - Warrington Youth Council

Looking back on 2017… and forward to 2018!

 IMPACT have a long list of achievements for 2017 including:

  • Growth in attendance and diversity within IMPACT at the weekly meetings
  • Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) and Deputy MYP Elections with nearly 7000 votes from Warrington’s young people
  • Record turnout of 56% in Warrington (versus 16% National Average) in the UK’s largest youth annual youth consultation - ‘Make Your Mark’ – details below
  • Meeting and influencing policy-makers around Young People’s Mental Health Services
  • Regular attendance at the Youthforia – The Regional Youth Forum
  • Participation in the Regional Youth Forum residential in the Lake District
  • 2 IMPACT members chosen to represent Cheshire at the Regional Youth Forum
  • MYP attendance at the Annual Sitting and House of Commons Debate
  • Organising the first-ever meeting of ‘Cheshire Together’ Youth Councils
  • Meeting Councillors and Senior Managers to help shape future services including Warrington Youth Zone
  • Meeting Local Police Officers to influence practices including ‘Stop & Search’

All members of IMPACT, including Warrington’s MYP – Imogen Walsh and her two deputies – Freya Brocklebank and Molly Cullum, want to say a big thank you to Rose Warburton for all her efforts and tireless campaigning as our previous MYP. Good Luck Rose!

 In 2018 we will continue to campaign for better services for young people and we aim to:

  • Improve engagement with all Schools and Colleges in Warrington
  • Ensure the views of all Warrington’s young people are represented through IMPACT
  • Offer drop-in sessions and/or ‘ideas boxes’ to hear young people’s views
  • Further promotions and campaigns, especially using Social Media
  • Launch a new manifesto
  • Support UK Youth Parliament national campaigns
  • Continue to link the voices of Cheshire’s young people through regional events

Make Your Mark 2017

We are proud to announce that we, as a youth council, received over 11,000 votes for this year’s Make Your Mark campaign, over 4,000 more than last year.  This means over half of Warrington’s young people took part in our campaign and had their voices heard - one of the top 10 turnouts in the UK.  Three of our young people also received special mentions in the Make Your Mark report for their contributions - congratulations Imogen, Leah, and Michael!

 The top five issues young people in Warrington have voted for are:

1 Mental Health

2 Transport

3 Curriculum for Life

4 Work experience help for 11-18 year olds

5 Protect LGBT+ people

We would like to issue a massive thank you to everyone who voted and helped make an ‘impact’ to Warrington’s contribution in this campaign.  This has been the largest turnout for Make Your Mark we have ever received!

In early 2018 we will be issuing recognition to the schools/organisations that contributed the greatest turnout of voters, but every school and organisation involved had a massive part to play in making a difference.

In comparison, the top national issues are:

1 Curriculum for life

2 Transport

3 Work experience help for 11-18 year olds

4 Mental Health

5 Votes at 16

How does this consultation benefit local communities?

The national results report highlights national and local priorities.  Many Local Authorities use this data to influence local decision making.  The two campaigns that emerge from this consultation will have clear links to engaging with local decision-makers - e.g. health authorities, local councils, and police authorities. 

Warrington’s MYP, Imogen Walsh, visited the House of Commons in November to debate these topics and decide, along with all the other UK MYPs, which two would become the national campaigns for the British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament.

The two national UK Youth Parliament campaigns which IMPACT will support in 2018 are:

  • Votes for 16 and 17 year olds
  • A Curriculum for Life

You can view or download the full Results Report from the Youth Parliament

Thank you so much to everyone who took part and all the help we received from schools, colleges and the youth service.  We aim to be even more successful in 2018.

What is IMPACT?

Warrington Youth Council (IMPACT) is a forum made up of young people who want to have a say in how the town and its local services can improve.  If you're aged 11-19 and live or go to school in Warrington, you can come along and get involved. 

We're an action group:

  • We look at issues affecting young people (e.g. accessible and affordable public transport, bullying, recycling in schools, the council’s budget, etc)
  • We meet regularly with senior managers at the council and local councillors to tell them our ideas and views 
  • We get involved with interviewing candidates for important jobs at the council
  • ...and much more!

We meet every Thursday evening at Warrington Youth Café - which itself is a prime example of the strong influence of IMPACT as we suggested, consulted and presented the idea of a youth cafe to the council, and it was launched in the town centre in 2011!

Our meetings are supported by youth workers, but are chaired and run by young people. The elected members of youth parliament and their deputies attend every meeting to share the views of their constituents.

We have a manifesto and a leaflet setting out what young people would like to change in Warrington, which you can download from the link on the right, along with notes from our recent meetings.

Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

Who to contact

Telephone
01925 442440
Parent organisation
Warrington Borough Council

Where to go

Name
Warrington Youth Cafe
Address
New Town House
Buttermarket Street
Warrington
Cheshire
Postcode
WA1 2NH

Time / date details

When is it on
Thursdays, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Time of day
Evening

Other details

Availability

Local/National Service?
Local
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