URPotential’s Youth Participation project is to support and empower young people in Blackpool to have their voice heard using creative methods to enable positive change both locally and regionally. The participation project will incorporate Blackpool Youth Council and creativity to enable young people to address personal and social issues that affect them.
Blackpool Youth Council
Blackpool Youth Council (BYC) are the youth representation for the young people of Blackpool.
They ensure that every young person, aged 11 to 18, no matter their ethnic or social background can have their voice heard; allowing young people to have the opportunity to have their say and make informed decisions on key issues affecting them.
BYC are involved in activities and campaigns that enable them to make positive changes for young people in Blackpool. We work with different organisations and partners across the town to help shape and decision makers that affect the lives of local young people.
BYC are aware of the needs of individuals or groups of young people who may experience disadvantage or are unable to speak for themselves. Their aim is to raise the profile of young people in a positive way.
Their partners include Youthforia Northwest, the UK Youth Parliament and the British Youth Council where issues are looked at on a national, regional and a local level. All of this is aimed to actively get involved in the community, making a difference on a local level and promoting democratic values.
“I joined Blackpool Youth Council in the Autumn of 2020 and I’ve learned so much in that time. From the very beginning, I have been accepted, included, and valued in the group. From my participation in BYC, I have gained so much more confidence. Before I joined the group I really struggled to speak to anyone, even family members, but now I am eager and have been able to speak with anyone: politicians, professionals, young people, and anybody else that comes my way. BYC plays a vital part in the community. We are a representation of the young people in Blackpool and we are change-makers who use our voices to improve the lives and futures of our generation. Through campaigns, discussions, debates, events, and behind-the-scenes group work, we are actively changing the odds for young people and ensuring that we are a part of discussions that affect us more than anybody else.”
EW, Blackpool Youth Council Member.
If you are interested or would like some more information then please contact Taylor on 07453 959567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.