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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The British Youth Council has expressed deep concern at the government’s unprecedented decision to intervene in new legislation which was due to simplify the process for legal recognition of trans people’s gender in Scotland. The government has announced it will use Section 35 of the Scotland Act to block the Scottish Government’s attempts to bring

The British Youth Council is delighted to accept a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award, in recognition of the work it does for young people across the UK. Receipt of the award, which aims to celebrate the work done by national charities to empower young people, was confirmed in late November and approved by

The NHS Youth Forum are 24 young people who are passionate about improving the NHS. They work with NHS England, Public Health England and the Department of Health, enabling them to have a genuine impact on health services.  This year there are four sub-groups to the NHS Youth Forum, each tackling a different area of

UK Youth Parliament has chosen to focus on the cost of living and health. The new campaign has been declared following the UK Youth Parliament’s debate in the House of Commons chamber on Friday 4th November 2022. Mental health and wellbeing was announced as the biggest issue for young people in the UK.   The sessions