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Get Involved

We work with young people aged 11 to 19 (up to 25 years for those with additional needs) to make sure that their voice and opinion is heard at a local, regional and national level.

We support, develop and coordinate the Sheffield Young Advisors, the Sheffield Youth Cabinet, the Sheffield UK Youth Parliament and Sheffield Local Area Youth Forums.

We also support and coordinate citywide events and projects with an emphasis on the involvement agenda.

 

Sheffield Young Advisors
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Sheffield Young Advisors are young people aged 16 to 19 who have received special training so that they can help professionals make products and services more suitable for young people.

The Advisors are paid by Sheffield Futures to work with lots of different organisations. Professionals ask the young advisors for their opinion when they are designing something, when it’s made, and working to improve it.

Some of our Young Advisors have experience in accessing services, such as Youth Justice, and can use this knowledge to help make things better for other young people in future.

Sheffield Young Advisors are recruiting in Autumn 2016. If you are interested in having your say and using your experience to help other young people, please keep checking this page and our social media accounts for information on how to get involved.

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Sheffield Youth Cabinet
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The Sheffield Youth Cabinet has 6 members of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) and 12 youth councillors. These young people earned their places through other Sheffield young people voting for them.

These young people are aged between 11 and 18 and are from different parts of the city and different types of families.

The youth cabinet members focus on different special interests to make sure that all the young people in Sheffield are represented. For example:

  • Young Carers
  • Asylum Seekers & Refugees
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)
  • Young people with learning difficulties and disabilities

The main job of the youth cabinet is to collect the opinions and experiences of a wide range of young people locally and to pass these onto professional people who make decisions. These decision-makers are based in Sheffield and across the whole of the United Kingdom, including the Houses of Parliament in London. The decision-makers listen to the young people’s views and take these into account when they make improvements and changes to how things are done.

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UK Youth Parliament

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Working with the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) means that young people can use their opinions and ideas to make a positive difference to the country we live in. It is run by young people and gives 11-18 year olds the chance to change things in society.

UKYP has 600 elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) across the United Kingdom. MYPs are voted for each year by other young people. Anyone aged 11-18 can apply to be a MYP or vote.

Sheffield has 6 MYPs who work in Sheffield and across the country to raise awareness of important issues, organise events and talk to decision-makers about what matters to young people today. MYPs from across the UK meet twice a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and at the House of Commons. They also go to Youth Voice Conventions in the local area to attend training and to meet other young people to support each other in their important work.

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How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.