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Youth voice opportunities – September 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

On Saturday 15 October, we will be hosting a Youth Voice Saturday on mental health. The event will allow you to meet with senior decision makers to have your say about mental wellbeing and the services on offer here in Devon.

Not only can you get involved by letting us know your views about mental wellbeing support in Devon in advance of the event, but you can also help plan the day itself. We’re running special virtual sessions from 6-7.30pm every Wednesday evening between now and 15 October to plan the event. This will cover everything from icebreakers to group discussions as well as developing presentations of our views and experiences regarding mental health. If you would like to join these planning meetings, please get in touch and we will make sure that you are sent the meeting link.

Speak up about loneliness and rural isolation through a BBC documentary

We have been asked if there are any young people who want to take part in a BCC report about rural isolation and loneliness. At the moment we don’t know when this will happen or any specific details, but it would be great to have a group of young people ready and willing for when we do get the call. If you have experienced rural isolation or loneliness, or want to speak up about this issue, please get in touch.

Take part in interviewing

Although we don’t currently have any opportunities to be involved in interviewing any workers for posts, we can make sure that you are top of the list when we need to contact young people for these opportunities. So, if you are interested in having your say and making a difference this way, do let us know. We always provide you with plenty of support and explain everything that will happen.

Make a difference and promote youth voice

You can make a difference for more young people by letting people know about the Youth Council and 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.