Project information

Youth Voice for change

Young people are our future. Through the UK Youth Parliament, BYC identifies the issues that are impacting the well being and engagement of young people in society. We want to empower young people to take action on the issues that affect them through supporting them to campaign for change.

January 2018 - October 2018

Charity information: British Youth Council

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  • Need


    Many young people feel disaffected and that their voices aren't heard. They feel worried about their future and disconnect from a society that doesn't take their concerns seriously. The Social Mobility Commission found that young people believe that where you end up in society today is mainly determined by your background and that this is getting worse.


    Through our annual Make Your Mark consultation, we identify the most important issues to young people across the UK. Our project will develop tools, resources and training for young people to take action on the top issues, raising awareness and lobbying for change.

    We will develop campaign toolkits and support Members of Youth Parliament to develop their own campaigns to influence decision makers to take action to address these needs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower young people to take action on the most important issues affecting young people today


    » Develop campaign toolkit that any young person or youth group can use to take action on this issue
    » Deliver training and support to Members of Youth Parliament and other youth representatives to take action.
    » Support a national 'Day of action' as well as ongoing activity to engage decision makers with young people to influence their views.

    What success will look like

    We will measure the number of young people who engage with the campaign, as well as the number of decision makers, locally and nationally, that they engage with.

  • Impact


    This will be determined by the campaign topic, which is identified by young people through the Make Your Mark ballot in the Autumn of 2017, and debated and voted on by the Youth Parliament in November.

    Once the topic has been identified we will identify the policy changes that need to be targeted and will track support and change in this area. Our aim will be to bring about change that improves the life and engagement of young people within the UK.


    Engagement and support of young people is a risk, especially with reducing budgets locally to deliver this kind of support. BYC are delivering a pilot programme to support workers in this field to ensure that they have the skills, capacity and capability to provide local support for youth voice work.


    Through the BYC and UK Youth Parliament website we will share the successes and challenges that young people have in delivering the campaign. Where donors agree to direct contact, we will keep them up to date through our monthly supporter enewsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Toolkit development and design of a campaign toolkit of the topic identified by young people
      £1,500 Campaign workshops delivery of topic and skill based workshops to young people across the UK
      £1,000 Communications Social media collateral and support to promote young people's campaign activity
      £2,500 Parliamentary reception Event to bring togeter young people and decision makers to discuss the campaign
      £7,500 Staff support Ongoing staff support for young people to deliver the campaign

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Office for Civil Society £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We operate across the UK. We deploy regional Youth Democracy Coordinators throughout England, who work with young people in their region to identify needs and opportunities, and build skills, confidence and action plans to ensure that are supported to take action for the benefit of others. Of the young people we work with 15% come from the most deprived local authorities (18% from the 4th most deprived, 27% from the 3rd, 20% from the 2nd, and 20% from the least deprived).


    Young people engaged in the programme will directly benefit from the skill and knowledge development of this programme. This includes elected members of Youth Parliament and other youth representatives across the UK. Through the campaign, wider young people will benefit through increased awareness of the issue, and through achieving change in this issue.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The British Youth Council is the national youth council of the UK. Our UK Youth parliament programme is unique in its reach and positioning, with access to parliamentary decision makers and the government. Our Make Your Mark ballot is the largest annual consultation of young people aged 11-18, giving us a clear mandate to take action with an on behalf of young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Francesca Danmole

    Our Policy and Campaigns Officer will be leading the work within the staff team to develop campaign support materials and planning.

    UKYP Procedures Group

    We have a group of 10 young people who lead the work of the UK Youth Parliament and they will help to shape and support the campaign.

    Members Of Youth Parliament

    MYPs will take responsibility for leading the campaign in their constituency.

    Rhammel Afflick

    Our Communications Officer will develop collateral to help with the campaign messaging and online presence.

The British Youth Council has changed my entire perspective on life and society. It’s empowered me to get involved in my community by providing all of the tools to do this. Without the British Youth Council I wouldn’t have met such amazing young people around the country'

Susie Williams