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Hello, Happy New Year from HYC

Hello, Happy New Year from HYC

A big Hello! From Halton Youth Cabinet, welcome to our Autumn Newsletter, here you can find everything that you need to catch up on what we have been up to recently.

Important months lie ahead of us and we look forward to welcoming a new MYP (Member of Youth Parliament) for Halton, who will take office in April following an election across secondary schools and youth clubs all over Halton.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Thomas Norris for the excellent work he has done in his year as Member of Youth Parliament.

(Newsletter designed & edited by Matthew Walker)

Make Your Mark

By Thomas Norris 

In September Halton Youth Cabinet joined Member of Youth Parliament Thomas Norris, to urge Halton’s young people to have a say in the largest consultation of young people in the country.

Make Your Mark asks young people across the country what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 11th November.

Halton Youth Cabinet has written to all high schools in the borough to ask them to encourage students to choose one of ten topics will be available with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by MYPs in their November debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

Following the debates MYPs from across the country chose two annual campaigns – Votes at 16 and A Curriculum for Life.  Watch this space for more information about both campaigns throughout the year.

Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed the opinions of over 970,000 young people, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK.

18 year-old MYP Thomas Norris, said:

Make Your Mark is the biggest consultation of young people ever in the UK.  With all the changes and turmoil of the last year, it has never been more important that young people are seen and heard at Westminster.  I am working with Halton Youth Cabinet to make sure that every young person in Halton has to the opportunity to make their mark and have a say in this important ballot.

Results of the ballot will soon be available on


HYC V Homophobia

By  Tasha Clieve

In 2015 Halton Youth Cabinet undertook research into Homophobia in our schools and found that it was a major problem with over 85% of the 200+ respondents to their survey saying that they heard homophobic language being used at least once a week.

Homophobia has no place in our schools and Halton Youth Cabinet is determined that more should be done to challenge it wherever it arises.

Earlier this year HYC working with The Proud Trust trained a cohort of young people as Challenge Champions.  Their job: to go into schools and train teacher, support staff and students about the necessity to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

They have already delivered training to school staff at St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School and Wade  Deacon and have further dates in the diary later this year with schools across the borough.

Tasha Clieve, 16, said “Our research showed that the use of homophobic language is a really big issue in our schools. Too often homophobic language and casual homophobic abuse is passed off as ‘just banter’.

The impact of regularly hearing homophobic language can be devastating on young people and is something that needs to be stamped out. We are proud to be doing our part to help challenge homophobia and we would love every school in the borough to get involved and active in making the Challenge Champions programme a success.”

For more information and to book training for your school, contact

Democracy & Participation Award

by Matthew Walker

Halton Youth Cabinet is proud to introduce The Halton Youth Cabinet School’s Participation and Democracy to encourage our high schools to get involved and active in promoting participation and community involvement to its students.

Back in September 2016, all high schools in Halton received a special box from us containing everything they need to achieve the award.  We want to ensure that all young people in Halton have the opportunity to know about the opportunities available to them to get seen, heard and listened to.

We’ll be hosting an awards evening for the first recipients of the Award in March 2017. We hope that there will be a full house on the night to celebrate all the excellent work that schools in Halton do to ensure that their students understand and are involved in democracy and participation opportunities.

INVOLVE evolves

by Matthew Walker

INVOLVE brings together young people and professionals from all the different participation groups in Halton to act as an advisory group and critical friend to the local authority and others about how to do Participation.

In short, we want people who do participation to do participation well.

INVOLVE has grown and evolved since its inception and it’s now the first port of call for anyone or any organisation looking to do a piece of participatory work in the borough.

INVOLVE’s diverse membership advise on how a piece of participation might be done, who might be involved in it and provides all sorts of ideas and support.

INVOLVE also allows participation groups to share information and allows young people the opportunity to get involved in a whole host of opportunities that they may never have previously known about.

Halton Youth Cabinet is proud to be able to support Halton Borough Council to coordinate and administer INVOLVE and we hope that it points the way to a bright shiny participatory future.

For more information about INVOLVE see:

Keep an eye on the INVOLVE Twitter page for more information.


Your Voice Matters so Get Heard!

We are here to represent the young people of Halton and to ensure that they have a voice on the issues that matter to them.

So we want young people from every school and every background across the borough to get involved. If your school isn’t represented yet then you should really be asking why not?  Of course you don’t need your school to put you forward so if you want your voice heard what’s stopping you from getting involved.

We are looking for new members aged 11 -19 who want to help ensure that young people have the best possible chance to make a difference in Halton.

To find out how you can get involved contact us as or call Young Addaction Halton on 01928 240406 and ask for Phil McClure or Jenny Roberts.


UKYP Elections

Sadly we’ll soon be saying good bye to Thomas Norris – who has done an excellent job as Member of Youth Parliament in 2016/17.  He’ll be stepping aside at the end of March to make way for a new MYP.

There’s an excellent list of candidates standing for election from school and colleges across Halton and we can’t wait to see who gets the role.

If you are a school and would like your pupils to have a say on who will become their key influencing figure in Halton youth politics then please email, to arrange an election in your establishment