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Are you aged between 11 and 17 years old and would like to get involved in our first Youth Council in the county?

Youth Council

Durham Youth Council are a group of young people aged from 11 to 19 based across County Durham.

Get involved

You don't need any experience to become a member of our Youth Council but you must be aged 11 to 19 years old and live in County Durham.

Contact us at and we will send you an application pack. You can also ask your school or college for an application pack.

Even if you don't want to be a representative on the Youth Council, there are still many ways for you to be involved in decision making. Contact us and we will let you know how you can get involved.

See our Facebook page County Durham Youth Council on Facebook for the latest information.

What our Youth Council do

We want young people to be more involved in making decisions about issues and services that affect you and we want to support you in making positive changes. Our Youth Council gives children and young people a 'collective voice' that is listened to and acted upon by the important decision makers.

Our young people come from a range of different areas and backgrounds across schools, colleges and youth groups. We pride ourselves on being a diverse and accepting group.

As a member of the Youth Council, you will be expected to develop different ways of gathering the voices of young people across the county, exploring the things that matter to them. You'll be responsible for helping develop new projects, events or campaigns to gather opinions, raise awareness and support with key issues impacting on children and young people. You'll also support the elected members of the Youth Parliament to campaign on issues affecting you, as young people both locally and nationally.

The Youth Council also work with other organisations to explore what's available for young people to access and how these services could be made better and best work for young people.

We aim to:

  • Build a diverse and well represented Youth Council.
  • Elect a Representative for UK Youth Parliament.
  • Consult with young people to gather thoughts and opinions on subjects and issues that matter to them.
  • To use this information and share it with important decision makers in order to make a difference to services that are being provided for young people.
  • Provide opportunities for children and young people.
  • Celebrate the achievements of children and young people.

What our Youth Council can offer you

  • Work towards Certificates of Achievement which are recognised by employers, universities and colleges.
  • Contribute to your community and build on your knowledge of political processes and citizenship.
  • Gain and build on skills, confidence and self-esteem.
  • Be provided with the opportunity to experience new things.
  • Influence future policy and decisions on issues that are affecting you, as a young person, including; transport, antisocial behaviour, mental health support, leisure facilities, youth services, crime, the environment and much more.
  • Build positive relationships!

The British Youth Council

The British Youth Council empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. They 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.

As a Local Youth Council, we pay a yearly subscription to and are registered with the British Youth Council (BYC). This means we have the opportunity to be involved in BYC initiatives, conferences and elections.

For more information, check out the British Youth Council website.

Documents to support the work of our Youth Council