Mental health and careers projects at heart of new Youth Council plans

Members of the Youth Council taking part in a debate to mark Local Democracy Week

Members of the Youth Council taking part in a debate to mark Local Democracy Week - Credit: Archant

Young people in Redbridge have set out their plans for a series of initiatives to tackle some of the issues which affect them the most deeply.

Members of the borough’s Youth Council have organised four projects to aid themselves and their peers, which have been made possible by £100,000 worth of funding allocated by Redbridge Council.

The first scheme is a careers event, which will aim to put students’ minds at ease by providing them with information on the diverse job roles available.

The special evening will give teenagers the opportunity to speak to professionals and organisations and take part in taster sessions.

It will be held from 5-7.30pm on December 10 at Redbridge College, in Barley Lane, Little Heath.

Raising awareness of mental health is also a priority for the youth representatives.

Redbridge Drama Centre has been commissioned to create a drama, which will be performed up to 60 times in secondary schools between February and March.

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The piece will inform pupils about mental health conditions and the support available.

Youth Council members have also produced charity wristbands for World Mental Health Day, which are being sold in schools and youth centres.

The final two projects will see crime and safety awareness workshops take place at secondary schools and new pages for young people created on Redbridge Council’s website.

Cllr Elaine Norman, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “These are four incredibly worthwhile projects, each of which addresses some key priorities of the borough’s young people.

“Members of the Youth Council have taken their responsibility for inputting and shaping these projects very seriously and I look forward to seeing the impact they will have.”

The progress of the schemes will be discussed at the meeting of the children and young people service committee tomorrow.

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