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UKYP Regional Residential a success!

The deputies and MYPs went on their annual Regional Residential on 21st to 23 March in West Somerset. The residential was fab - and (of course) our group was fab!

Our Somerset group was top of the list in the view of Mr Clark, British Youth Council Chief Exec!!! What an accomplishment! He openly praised them in front everyone saying that he had never, ever had a group of D/MYPs who knew exactly what they had done, where they were at and what was their next plan of action. Well done Ellen, Eloise, Jake, Eve, Cat, Thrinayani and Chelsea!

We are also one of the top three areas (along with Devon and Dorset) to contribute to the Positive Stories for the monthly BYC update. There is a huge gap between us and the rest of the country. The young people did us proud - they were amazing. Keep checking the UKYP pages for further reports on this and other activites.

Kate Darlington
Senior Practioner for Somerset UKYP Group

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The Mission

Testing a potential new mission statement for the service...

Our mission

Is to help create a youth sector where Somerset's young people have their voices heard and have access to services which are coherent, sustainable and high quality.To do this we provide professional support to community and independent groups to enable them to provide good quality informal learning and development opportunities that help young people aged 11-19 reach their full potential.

Our work takes place in the context of Positive for Youth and Somerset County Council’s duty to secure young people’s access to a coherent range of services.

Please let us know what you think to Jeff Brown on 01823 358170 or 



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A great residential...

Wow! What a weekend! 90 young people and their workers from across Somerset, at Osmington Bay, learning loads and having a tonne of fun!

Everyone engaged in their workshops, enjoyed their activities and made great plans for the future - their presentations on Sunday afternoon were brilliant. I even had everyone sing happy birthday to me (it was my birthday on Friday, so that's not weird). It was an absolutely amazing weekend, filled with incredible young (and not so young) people. I think we were all very tired by the end of it - but still smiling.

Thanks to everyone who went - a report will be coming out soon.

Kirstie Brown
Senior Youth and Community Worker

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Youth councils resi

Today, we are off on an adventure of a lifetime!!!

Ok, maybe not a lifetime, but definitely this month! After checking eveything six million times, we'll be loading up the cars with tonnes of resources and heading down to Osmington Bay PGL Adventure Centre for a weekend of fun, sun (!) and hard work with young people from 16 youth councils across Somerset.

There will be two activity sessions, four workshops, a disco, speed meeting and lots of action planning. The staff team are lovely and will be working even harder than the young people (if that's possible). 

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I'll be posting a review after the resi - so keep an eye on the youth councils pages.

Kirstie Brown
Senior Youth and Community Worker

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Youth Councils Resi!

The Somerset Youth Councils Training Residential is moving on apace - the date set (14-16th March), the venue booked (Osmington Bay PGL Adventure Centre near Weymouth) and the invites sent out. Even though the deadline for booking isn't until 12 February, we already have some places taken! We're hoping to have about 75 young people and their adult community volunteers - meaning about 100 people to organise for a whole weekend. It should be great fun, but the groups will work hard too, doing a range of workshops. More on this in the weeks to come.

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I went to the Somerset in Care Council (SiCC) and Somerset Leaving Care Council (SLCC) Steering group on Tuesday. The groups are really getting going, with training residentials, visits to forums, DVD production, posters, cards, meetings with the Corporate Parents Group and organising the Annual Achievement Awards. Phew! For more information, Contact Catherine Newberry (very helpful person - 07585 983356) who can tell you lots of things, including how any interested young person in or leaving care can get involved with the group.

Kirstie Brown - Senior Youth & Community Worker 

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SCT Newsletter

I've just seen the Somerset Children's Trust first newsletter - it keeps members updated on what other relevant issues between meetings and this first ever issue features the UK Youth Parliament!! UKYP has long been a consultation group for the Children's Trust and its good to see their contribution being valued and promoted. Hurrah SCT!!!

Kirstie Browm - Senior Youth & Community Worker

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Smoke Free Somerset

Smokefree Somerset Alliance are promoting grants of up to £2000 for young people to produce resources to encourage young people to stop (or not start) smoking

Click here for more information

What's extra good about this is the grant givers are also young people - the UK Youth Parliament (who already make grant decisions on Youth and Community Group Grants, Youth Bank and have been involved in commissioning) are adding this to their work programme. Well done them and well done the Smokefree Somerset Alliance!

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Young People Volunteering

My name is Ellen collard and I am lucky enough to be the elected Member of Youth Parliament for Taunton Deane and West Somerset.undefined

I feel hugely passionately about promoting self-confidence in our upcoming generation, by encouraging young people to engage more within their communities- through charity work and volunteering. Therefore I am running a campaign "Young volunteers- stronger communities"


For the next few months, I am working on researching into why young people do/do not volunteer! I am currently conducting HERE . So please do take a look! We plan to then develop a workshop to deliver in local schools and colleges to promote and inform young people on what they can do!

Young people do often get bad press, and by getting young people to engage in more positive contributions to their communities, will have a "win-win" effect. Young people will be helping others but also banishing any negative stereotypes people have of young people! Whilst also gaining valuable and necessary life skills! Our current curriculum does not have the capacity to allow young people the chance: to learn how to work in teams, to learn how to organise events, to learn how to manage money or manage their time and the list just goes on! This is something Youth Parliament feels very passionately about.


Youth Parliament's national devolved campaign this year is a "Curriculum for Life" This November, my fellow MYP's and I travelled to London to sit in the House of Commons and debate on what our national devolved and reserved campaigns would be. The Curriculum for Life campaign was hugely popular and gained enough votes to be the majority and got voted in as our National Campaign. I loved every minute of the experience. Words cannot describe how privileged I feel to have had the opportunity to represent the voices of young people in Somerset. The debates were exciting, inspiring and full of passion! We filled the House of Commons with enthusiasm and charisma and the quality of the debates and speakers were both phenomenal. I was immensely proud to be a part of it all.


I am proud to represent the views of young people in Somerset, and would like to say a huge thank you again to everyone who voted for me.

Contact me via twitter: @ellencollardmyp or by email

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Disaffection in Young People

Sam Foulder-Huges recently made a speech to a local Rotary Club meeting about the disaffaction of young people, it is well worth a read.  Thank you to Sam for sharing this excellent insight with us.

Click here to download a copy of Sam's speech 

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