Bromley Youth Council talks about wellbeing

Published Friday, 24 February 2017

Young people standing at table

Members of Bromley Youth Council were stationed in the Glades shopping centre during Saturday 18 February to speak to young people and the community about their work.

Their main discussions were around young people’s wellbeing – embracing a number of key concerns that young people have about a variety of issues that can cause unease and unhappiness in their lives.

The topic was raised by many of the 70 strong youth councillors as a manifesto campaign last year. Youth Councillors are selected in bi-annual elections held in schools and youth centres and they represent young people’s views in the borough. Each year at their Manifesto Event they select campaigns to raise awareness of issues that are important to young people. 

The Wellbeing Campaign highlighted that young people would like more information on services available to them and their schools, as well as more discussion about the concerns that young people have. They felt that sometimes pressure to be successful became overwhelming, especially in a world dominated by social media. 

During the time in the Glades, Youth Councillors approached families and young people to tell them how the Youth Council can help and offer support, signing up those who were interested in getting involved. Bromley Youth Council also launched its ‘Young People’s Wellbeing Guide’ which offers advice on how to live a balanced life. 

Cllr Peter Fortune, Executive Member for Education and Children’s Services dropped in to lend his support and said: “It’s fantastic to see young people giving up their spare time to tell others about the work of Bromley Youth Council and explain the difference it can make in giving a voice to young people in the borough. 

“It is important we listen carefully to the concerns of young people around their wellbeing and take account of how they would like to be supported. Early signposting to advice and appropriate services can help to prevent things escalating into more serious problems in the future.” 

Picture shows: (l to r) Katie Plaxton, Tajana Reeves, Cllr Peter Fortune, Cameron Ward, Sean Gardner, youth support worker Jama Olol, Emily Warnham and Youth Engagement Coordinator Danie Gordon at the Bromley Youth Council stand in the Glades. 

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