What do we believe?

Youth services and agencies support young people's personal development, give them a meaningful role in society and provide positive ways for young people to spend their time. We campaign for all young people's services to be well funded and for existing youth services to have funding priority over new initiatives. We believe young people need youth services now more than ever.

Choose Youth logo.jpgBYC is part of Choose Youth, an unprecedented coalition of young people, volunteers, youth organisations, professional youth workers, and community representatives who are working to save youth services. We believe our youth service is too valuable for young people to lose.

Find Choose Youth resources on how to lobby your Councillors and MPs in BYC's Campaign Guides section

 

Your Stories

We want to hear your stories about how youth services are being cut in your local area, why your youth services are important to you, and the difference they have made to your life. We would like to hear the experiences of both young people and youth workers.

Please email an outline of how you are experiencing youth service cuts and how this is affecting you to campaigns@byc.org.uk.

We will share your experiences with decision-makers such as MPs and Government Ministers to show how youth service cuts are affecting young people across the UK.

BYC recently shared your experiences as evidence to the Education Select Committee. This Committee is a group of 11 MPs and they were running an inquiry into youth services.

Choose Youth!

Choose Youth is a unprecedented coalition of young people, volunteers, youth organisations, professional youth workers, and community representatives who are working to save youth services. BYC is part of Choose Youth too because we believe our youth service is too valuable for young people to lose.

Find Choose Youth resources on how to lobby your Councillors and MPs in BYC's Campaign Guides section

 

Back in January, 2,000 young people added their name to a letter from Choose Youth to the Prime Minister, in which they spoke of their fears for the future of local youth services.

Choose Youth have now received a response from Tim Loughton MP, the minister responsible for national policy on services for young people, who was passed the letter by Mr Cameron. (Please see the attached letter, dated 28 February). Choose Youth believes that this letter has not really addressed the fact that young people are experiencing cuts to their services, and shows how they are stuck between MPs and local councillors blaming each other for spending cuts.

We want to hear from you. What are your views? How do you think we should respond? Please send us a quote or a comment and we will include this in our response to the minister. You can post your comments on the Choose Youth Facebook page or email.

The sooner you get back to us, the sooner we can send the Minister a reply!
 

Make the case for funding for your youth council...

Due to local councils reducing the money they spend on youth services, your youth council may have had its funding reduced or even fully stopped, or face
losing money.

BYC believes young people should be able to tell local councils how much youth councils matter to them.

Use our guide to find out how you can make the case for continued investment in your youth council and influence local councillors on this issue.

You can download the guide here.

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