Youth Voice Representatives
Meet our Youth Voice Representatives
Alex Maynard and Amelia Wrigley became Hampshire's first Youth Voice Representatives in April 2014. Here's what they had to say when they got appointed:
Amelia, who was Head Girl at King’s School in Winchester, said: “I'm really excited about this opportunity, and look forward to taking on the challenge. I hope to effectively voice the opinions of Hampshire's young people and increase youth engagement with the decisions that affect us.”
Alex, who has previously been a member of Youth Parliament for Hampshire, mirrored those sentiments. He said: "I am delighted to have been chosen to carry out this role. I look forward to the challenges involved and helping to enable young people to have a say."
Applications open for new Youth Voice Representatives
Hampshire County Council are looking for 2 new youth voice representatives; a female and a male, to carry on the great work Alex and Amelia have started. This year, Youth Voice in Hampshire were given an Innovation Award from the British Youth Council to acknowledge its fantastic work.
What is a Youth Voice Representative?
A Youth Voice Representative is a young people who is 16 + and is currently, or has previous experience, as a representative for young people in Hampshire. The purpose of this role is to improve the coordination between young people and the decisions that are made at a County Level. It is about being able to reach out to all young people in Hampshire and allow them to engage within active participation to shape services.
Will I be paid?
The position is voluntary, which means if you are successful in securing a post you can work around any other commitments, this may include work, college, university and family commitments. We will pay your travel expenses and provide a rail warrant when you need one, so you can get where you need to be.
What will I be doing?
We would like you to use your experiences of the democratic system to help shape better outcomes for other children and young people in Hampshire by;
Attending select committee meetings
Meeting regularly with elected members and young people
Acting as a role model to other young people
Promoting equality for all children and young people
Developing a communication strategy which includes updating the Youth Tube website with blogs, surveys, documents and other relevant information to young people
Reading required documents and summarising them appropriately for young people to read and respond to
Liaising and working closely with the Hampshire Members of Youth Parliament; including advocating their roles, supporting the Make Your Mark consultation and advertising elections
What will the successful applicant be like?
We would like our Youth Voice Representatives to be;
16 -21 years old, up to 25 with special needs (must be a school-leaver)
Good at listening
Committed to making changes for children and young people
As you will be representing Children’s Services, it is important that a good standard of behaviour is maintained in the working environment. This includes being tolerant towards everybody and not discriminating against anyone.
How do I apply?
If you would like to be a part of this for the next year, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01962 845877 to request an application form. The closing date is March 6th, interviews will take place in March.
The post will start on 1 April for one year.