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Youth voice opportunities – August 2022 update

Devon Youth Council exists to get the voice of young people heard and to make a positive change. We’re continuing to grow and develop our youth council, and there are lots of opportunities coming up that we’d love to have you involved in!

Upcoming opportunities include the chance to have your say on mental health services and giving your opinions about our new Child Friendly Devon branding.

If you’d like to get involved with any of these events, please email You can also sign up to the Devon Youth Council network here.

Have your say on Mental Health

We know that Mental Health is an important issue for young people in Devon and  that many of you want to see positive changes in the support and services available. We want to gather as much information as possible to build up a picture of what needs to change in Devon to improve young people’s mental health. We will be pulling information from focus groups run by Members of the Devon Youth Parliament as well as feedback direct from young people and using this to create a plan for our next Youth Voice Saturday.

If you are passionate about young people’s mental health, want to see change happening and want to speak direct to decision makers in Devon, please let us know. There will be opportunities to give your views, help plan the next Youth Voice Saturday as well as opportunities to work directly with decision makers.

You can find out more about how to give your views here.

Give feedback on the branding for Child Friendly Devon

A few months back a few of you joined us for an initial meeting with the design agency tasked with creating the branding for a ‘Child Friendly Devon’. We had the opportunity to talk about the sort of imagery we wanted to see as well as language and terms that could be used to help form some branding. The design agency have listened to your views and are ready to feedback to us some ideas they have created. If you were involved in those initial discussions please get in touch so that we can invite you to a follow up meeting.

Improve Health Services by supporting website design

We’re looking to set up a small group of young people to help design a new health website for young people. We need no more than eight young people to be part of the group which will meeting around four times over the next year. Each meeting will explore a different element of website design from the content to reviewing visits to the site. If you are interested please get in touch.

Take part in interviewing potential Safeguarding and Specialist Nurses

There is the opportunity for two or three young people to interview candidates for some new roles in Public Health Nursing. You would be involved in asking questions to candidates and then scoring them based on how suitable for the job you think they would be. The dates for the interviews would be on Thursday 11 and Monday 15 August. Your thoughts & opinions will affect who gets the job and as an added incentive you will receive a gift voucher as a thank you. If you are interested, please get in touch.

Make a difference and promote youth voice

You can make a difference for more young people by letting people know about the Youth Council & all the opportunities mentioned above. Make sure you follow us on social media to keep up to date with opportunities to have your say and get your voice heard and share these opportunities with friends. We are committed to getting the voice of young people heard and need your help to get your friends involved and speaking up on the issues that are important to them.