Youthforia is ‘one of a kind’!
This North West Youth Forum involves young people who are part of democratic representation structures from all 23 North West local authorities and all Members of the UK Youth Parliament.
An elected Steering Group of 12 young people plan and run meetings that bring members together to represent young people and the issues they are passionate about. They share practice, plan and run campaigns and develop their skills with each event focusing on a theme/issue such as gender, disability, votes @16 and Curriculum 4 Life.
Focused on issues of social justice and improving the lives of their peers Youthforia members take their messages and campaigns to decision makers and politicians locally, regionally and nationally.
Members of Youthforia have recently launched an online platform called ‘Share’ which hosts various information from Youthforia events and is a useful resource for workers and young people. For more information on Share, click on its tab!
United Utilities Taps into the Foundation of Youth
United Utilities has announced it is joining forces with Youth Focus North West to gain a better understanding of the issues that interest its future customers and to bring the voice of youth into its business.
Youth Focus North West is the regional strategic partner of the British Youth Council, a youth-led charity that empowers young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives.
Youth Focus North West runs Youthforia, the region’s youth forum which comprises representatives from every local authority area across the region.
In October, United Utilities attended the Youthforia conventions in Blackburn and Preston to ask the assembled youth councillors to choose the top three water issues that were most important to young people. The group prioritised climate change impacts (such as flooding), fatbergs and affordability.
A spokesperson for United Utilities said: “We had great discussions at the Youthforia conventions and are excited by the issues that the young people present suggested. Young people today are our customers tomorrow so we want to engage with them now to find out what matters to them and work out how together we can tackle some of the challenges that face our industry.”
Elizabeth Harding, chief executive of Youth Focus NW, said: “We are excited to be working with United Utilities to give young people the opportunity to have both a voice and influence in areas that have a huge impact on their lives. It is fantastic that United Utilities sees the value in engaging with young people now and as future customers.”
This partnership with Youth Focus is just the beginning of United Utilities’ plans to engage with young people in the North West. The company attended the Greater Manchester inaugural Youth Summit on 24 October 2017 to ask representatives for their help designing a youth-focussed campaign for 2018. In November the company is also hoping to run a workshop at the Liverpool City Region Youth Assembly on the subject of affordability in support of the UK Youth Parliament’s Curriculum for Life initiative.
To find out more contact the United Utilities Press Office on 0345 072 0822
United Utilities is the UK’s largest listed water company and manages the regulated water and waste water network in North West England – which includes Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside with a combined population of nearly seven million. United Utilities’ headquarters are in Warrington. Its shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and the FTSE 100 Index.
Youth Focus North West
Youth Focus North West works across the North West of England supporting local authorities and organisations that work with young people. It runs Youthforia, the North West Youth Forum and UKYP in the North West, in partnership with BYC. It is supporting the development of youth voice in the devolved city regions Manchester and Liverpool.
The British Youth Council
The British Youth Council is made up of more than 200 member organisations who support its common vision for young people. It runs a number of youth-led networks and programmes – including the UK Youth Parliament, Young Mayor Network, Local Youth Council Network, League of Young Voters, NHS Youth Forum, National Scrutiny Group and Youth Select Committee – which encourage young people to get involved in democracy and campaign to bring about change.