Youth Council: Voices in Action (ViA)
Voices in Action (ViA) is a youth council for young people aged 11 to 19 years old representing their school, support group or youth project.
What does Voices in Action do?
- hold monthly meetings.
- discuss a range different topics that affect children and young people.
- share ideas and improve services for other children and young people who live in Derby.
- represent the views of young people at meetings.
- present ideas to senior decision makers.
How are the Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor involved?
The Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor chair the youth council meetings and represent all children and young people in Derby. They are a vital part of the youth council helping to make beneficial decisions and create new ideas.
Our history and achievements
Each year we identify one issue that is of particular significance to young people in the city such as:
- mental health
- new communities.
This issue is then looked at in detail and at the end of the year the findings and recommendations for improvement and change are presented to senior decision makers.
When do you meet?
We meet once a month on a Monday 5pm till 8pm.
Meetings usually take place in the Council Chamber at the Council House in Derby. (Currently meeting virtually through Zoom).
We sometimes attend extra events such as designing our web page and creating video content.
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How has ViA helped you?
I joined ViA two years ago and it has opened up a lot of opportunities for me so of which I wouldn't have been able to do if I wasn't part of it. In these meetings you get to discuss issues and topics that are important to young people in Derby. For the past two years, I've met some amazing people and learnt a lot about myself so in a way Voices in Action helps some individuals find themselves.
Joining in discussions and presenting my perspective regarding topics of interest has allowed me to make a significant contribution to the youth of Derby.