• Cllr Jacob Birch

Giving youth a voice

Over the past few weeks, Jacob has been meeting with a group of youth and charity workers, along with young people and professionals to discuss youth voice and influence in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

This steering group has been formed in partnership with East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) who work across the whole area leading projects, offering advice and providing to a range of charities. 

The meetings have been attended by the likes of The High Sherriff- Debbie Rosenberg, Councillor Mike Medini, Detty Tyler- ERVAS and Joseph Dickinson- Leconfield Youth Voice as well as ERYC officers and young people. At these meetings Jacob and colleagues have discussed how, as key decision makers, they can help to bring about a louder, more influential voice for the young people of the East Riding. 

The main aim of this group is to set up and have young people to go forward to represent this area in the UK Youth Parliament, a British Youth Council initiative. The East Riding is one of the only areas in the country not to have a UK Youth Parliament representation. To work towards this goal Detty and the team at ERVAS have planned a series of Youth Voice events in Cottingham, Beverley, Pocklington, Goole, Driffield, Withernsea and Bridlington.  

Councillor Birch said “It is imperative that we listen to our young people as there is a lot we can learn. Talking to young people shouldn’t just be a box ticking exercise but something that is worthwhile and will be listened to. That is why I am championing the Youth Parliament in the East Riding to give our young people a better voice. The youth of today, shape our tomorrow.” 

These Youth Voice events can be attended by anyone who wishes to take part and more details can be found on or by contacting Detty on . Alternatively, you can search ERVAS on facebook and look under their events section.  

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