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.

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Young people in Brent have been at the forefront of local democracy in recent times; on Monday 22nd January 2018, it was announced that amendments to Brent Council’s constitution now enable Brent Youth Parliament members to attend full council meetings and pose questions for 20 minutes. Brent Youth Parliament members have been granted direct communication

A Body Confident Future

Friday, 05 January 2018 by

Yesterday, the Children’s Commissioner published their report, ‘Life in Likes’, on how social media can affect the lives and wellbeing of eight to twelve year olds, an area of research all too often ignored. In November 2017, the British Youth Council Youth Select Committee also took a stand by launching their report, A Body Confident Future, with 22

Looking back at 2017 there have been some amazing moments for us, with our programmes growing from strength to strength, our campaigns reaching new heights and even winning awards for leadership and excellent governance. Our CEO, Jo Hobbs has not only survived a year with us, but she has led our organisation and wonderful 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