Welcome to Belper Youth Council
What we do and Who we are
Hello! I am glad you have found Belper’s Youth Council’s Website well. Here you will find updates of
our meetings, goals that we work towards and most importantly contact information so your voice
can be heard.
About the Council
The Belper Youth Council was set up by the Council in 2019. The Youth Council comprises of 13 youth members from surrounding schools and youth organisations in the Parish. On the council, our focus is to make belper a happier, safer place for young people.
Meet the councillors.
These are all of the amazing Youth Councillors
My name is Nishna Sharma and I’m currently vice-chair of the Youth Council. Youth council has given me lots of new opportunities and has helped me with teamwork and organising my ideas. I’ve made lots of new friends and know a lot more about Belper. As I want to peruse a career in politics, this has really helped me providing knowledge of how councils work.
My name is Tilly and I am the yr11 representative on the Youth Council, this is my second year as
unfortunately Covid struck our first one short. When I first became part of the youth council, I wasn’t
sure what to expect, however it’s fair to say it is an amazing experience! I have met lots of new
people and learnt many new skills, experiencing new opportunities. I am very pleased to be part of
this exciting journey for the youth voice of Belper. I am now chair of the council and take upon many
roles such as writing the agendas for meetings, collecting ideas and take responsibility for making
sure everyone Is listened to, making sure our goals are met. Our aim is to bring the youth voice of
Belper together and too make sure the whole of our community feels involved. As chair, its been
really exciting watching our council grow and seeing the development of our ideas and confidence as
we work together.
Hi, I'm Lauren and I like being a Youth Councillor because we look into helping Belper improve forthe community. A lot of the time we are looking into helping charaties and co-oporatring with food banks. We also co-oporate with small eco-friendly business. Throughout my expeirence we have organized events,clubs and looked into safer transport. It has been a great expeirence!
Hi I’m Rebecca Jackson and I represent the girl guiding movement in Belper. I love being part of the youth council as it gives me an opportunity to show what young people can do for their community. The youth council has given me so many opportunities and taught me a lot of transferable skills that I can utilise outside of the youth council.
Hi, I am Cillian (pronounced with a ‘K’) and I love being on the Belper Youth Council. Here are some reasons why being on the Youth Council has been such a positive experience for me. Firstly, I love helping people and on the Belper Youth Council that is exactly what we do. Anyone can suggest anything to us and we will see what we can do about it. I also enjoy being involved in clubs and organising events. In the past we were involved with setting up clubs and events in Belper. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the situation we are in, we have been unable to follow through with these plans but hope to do so in the future. Even though we are in a lockdown it has not stopped us meeting every two weeks via Zoom.
Hi I am Caitlin Lamont and I am the minutes keeper for the Belper Youth Council, representing year 9.I enjoy being part of the Youth Council for a variety of reasons. Firstly it enables you to meet young people from varying backgrounds across belper.
Hi, I’m Zoë and I am part of the Belper youth council. I am in year six and represent Pottery Primary School and all of the students and staff. I like being on the council because I get to have a say in what goes on in Belper and promote other voices. I feel that my responsibilities are to help with charity projects, to represent my school’s ideas and opinions, and to help the Belper community. I would like to hold some events to tackle global warming and other environmental problems as soon as it is possible. Yes, I like being a councillor. Why don’t you try it someday?
Hi I'm Jenny and I am a year 7 representative for the youth council though I started off as representing Milford primary school. I like being apart of the youth council because it gives the youth a say in things. A few of the things I would like to achieve is to make Belper a more Eco-friendly environment and for the youth to learn more about Global warning.
Hi my name is Oliver and I am in year 7 . I enjoy being on the council as I get to be a part of what goes on in Belper . Making changes that could help the community to be a better place . I would like to tackle poverty.
Hello, my name is Nia Allsop and I have only just joined the Youthcouncil in 2021. I am in year 6 and I am from St. Elizabeth’s. I amlooking forward to working with the youth council- especially face toface, which will hopefully be soon. I am interested in working onmaking Belper accessible for everyone. So, we can make Belper thebest for anyone and everyone.
Here’s What’s New
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We believe that everyone, no matter their race, sexuality, gender, social group or any other factors , deserves a voice and the right to lead a fulfilling life. Our generation, more than ever has become involved in politics and how things are being run. The youth council gives us a chance to stand up for what we believe is right. We also believe that marginalised groups of people, deserve to have their voice amplified. Equality, acceptance and humanity are vital in ensuring our aim to make Belper a better place.
Knowing that we could make a difference to our town made our role important and we all wanted to
pick a subject that would make Belper an even better place. After lots of discussions, last year we
decided our main focus would be Climate Change. We planned a family event, with stalls, music and
a chance to inform our community on how we can move forward, making changes together leading
to improvements globally. Unfortunately, this event was cancelled due to the current pandemic
however we are looking at ways this can go ahead in the future as we want to show case the Youth
councils’ determination and hard work as well as provide important information and guidance for
the people of Belper.
This year, despite our meetings taking place via zoom calls, we are making good progress and we
look forward to making changes and working alongside some of our local charities. We have had
various meetings with people from around our town, such as Tom Wyke who is the chair of Blue Box,
a community-based charity. We are looking at ways we can help fundraise for a new building on The
Parks and we are hoping to continue to work closely with them in the future. We have also had
meetings with Siobhan, chair of Accessible Belper, which included a training session giving us an
insight into the charities aims and focus. Once again, we are looking at ways to work with this
amazing charity and hopefully our ideas will be put in place soon. It is extremely hard to work on our
ideas whilst in lockdown but we are trying our best to make good progress. We have also had other
discussions with Jo Lambourne, who runs the food hub, and ways we can help. Once we are given
more freedom we looking forward to our ideas flourishing with these charities and our other aims
such as FareShare, Stop hate UK, solidarity with Black lives matter and working with local artists like
Kevin Fegan who is looking at putting on a play in Belper next year.
When we host events in the future we will post about them here and explain what they are and where they are going to take place.
On Belper Youth Council, we value the thoughts and opinions of others. Your point of view is important and unique.If you want to contact us about anything regarding youth issues at Belper do so in Youth@belpertowncouncil.gov.uk.
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