The British Youth Council is the National Youth Council of the UK. A youth-led charity, we empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.

Read our latest blogs from the British Youth Council trustees, volunteers and staff.


Every year at Medway Youth Council we hold an Annual Conference, which grows out of a consultation we carried out with young people from across Medway. Invitations are sent out to every school inviting pupils between the ages of eleven and eighteen (years seven to thirteen), inviting a small number of students as well as

If I were to sum up my experience as a Communications & Media Assistant at the British Youth Council in one word, I’d say it was busy – very busy! But my experience was equally exciting, inspiring and rewarding as it was busy. Not only were both the UK Youth Parliament at the House of

A disappointing day for democracy

Friday, 03 November 2017 by

Today’s debate in the House of Commons on Votes at 16 was a disappointment for young people across the UK. The debate was preceded by a fantastic bill from Steve Reed MP on the use of restraint in mental health facilities.  It was fantastic to hear such a great discussion on mental health, and particularly

Tagged under:

At sixteen, individuals can get married, pay their taxes and sign up to risk their lives in our armed forces, but they cannot exercise their basic democrat right to vote. Isn’t it time that we follow in Scotland’s footsteps and introduce a lowered voting age of sixteen? I and the Lib Dems think yes and