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Use your voice

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Have you got something to say about where you live? Do you want something to change?

If you’ve got any ideas, questions or suggestions about your town, school, public transport, sports facilities, youth clubs or any other issue, there are loads of ways that you can make your voice heard.

The council also consults with children and young people when recruiting to senior positions, including the Director of Children’s Services, Assistant Director, Children’s Social Care and even the Chief Executive of the council.

Heywood Question Time 

Get involved

To find out more about getting involved in any of the options below, contact your local youth worker.

Youth Cabinet

The Youth Cabinet looks at issues affecting young people in your area. If you’re aged 11-19, you can join a youth forum where you live:

  • Heywood
  • Littleborough, Milnrow, Wardle and Smallbridge
  • Middleton
  • Rochdale

The Youth Cabinet meets fortnightly 6pm-8pm.

​​Member of Youth Parliamen​t​

If you’re interested in representing the views of all the borough’s young people, you can run in the annual election for a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP). Once elected, MYPs meet with MP​s and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

The most important aspect of any MYP's job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency. Any MYP can set up a campaign, and any young person can support it and make a difference.

More about youth parliament - includes how to stand as a candidate in the MYP elections

Children’s council

If you’re 8-11 years old, join our Children’s Council and meet every Saturday at the Matthew Moss youth centre to talk about the things that matter to you. New members are always welcome!!

Children's champions

Every year, a children's champion and deputy aged 8-11 are elected to speak for children from all over Rochdale borough. They are chosen after elections at schools and youth clubs, and are responsible for representing any views and concerns of children in loads of different areas.

Mayor’s youth awards

The mayor of Rochdale’s youth awards are held annually in recognition of young people’s achievements and contributions towards their peers and local communities. The awards are open to any one aged 11-19, or up to 25 if they have a disability, and lives in the Rochdale borough.​

Find out more about the Mayor's youth awards

Tell us sessions

Every 3 months, politicians and senior officers from the council, police, health and transport meet with young people to talk about the things that matter to you. It’s your chance to talk to the top decision makers about whatever you want.

The sessions are arranged through the Youth Service and take place in a different part of the borough each time. To find out more about the next session, contact your local youth worker. Youth Forums If you’ve got a specific interest or need, find like-minded young people who you can talk to, share ideas and work with to improve services and raise awareness.

Disabled young people

The Youth Forum for Disabled Young People gives you a chance to discuss and inform services that are provided to young people with disabilities. The forum holds meetings on the last Wednesday evening of the month at Springvale Youth Centre (Middleton) 6pm-9pm.

To learn more or come to a meeting, contact the Children's and Youth Empowerment team on 01706 924295.

Cared for children

The Listen Up group is run jointly with the Children’s Society and meets every month to discuss working to make young people's lives in care better. They are a participation group for children and young people, helping guide the Children's Rights Service in Rochdale. Their ideas and feedback help develop the services provided.

To learn more or come to a meeting, contact the Children’s Society in Rochdale on 01706 345600 or Freephone 0800 0720 6383.

Young carers

The young carers forum is a joint initiative between Rochdale young carers service and Rochdale youth service. It is a closed group for young people who help look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol dependency.

They meet every Monday at Matthew Moss youth centre from 7pm-9pm to talk about issues and share information and support.

To learn more about the support available for young carers, call 01706 515740 or email rochdaleyoungcarers@gmcrossroads.co.uk

Contact

01706 926090

Phone: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.

Youth Service
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU