#YES Newsletter December 2023

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December 2023


Yo! Christmas bookings now open

Wolverhampton's YO! Christmas programme is now live, offering hundred's of activities and events for the city's children, young people and their families during the festive holidays.

The activities, many of which are free and include food, run from Wednesday 27 December to Friday 5 January 2024, and range from sports, photography, arts and crafts, dance and drama workshops. Book now.

anti bullying

Schools celebrate getting Anti Bullying Charter Status

Nineteen schools in Wolverhampton were awarded the Yo! Wolves Anti Bullying Charter Status at a ceremony recently.

The awards, which are given to schools and youth organisations who demonstrate their commitment to preventing and dealing with bullying among young people, were presented by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, at the City Suite at the Civic Centre. Read more.

Care Leavers

Young Care Leavers Week celebrations

The City of Wolverhampton Council celebrated the achievements of its young people leaving, or about to leave, care through a series of events held to mark Care Leavers Week 2023.

Young people and their Young Person’s Advisors took part in 10 activities last week, including a wellbeing and beauty evening where they were able to enjoy facial treatments, henna mehndi and Lush gift sets provided by their Grand Mentors from Volunteering Matters, and a team building day giving back to the local community at Wildside Activity Centre.

Young people also took part in an annual review of the Local Offer for care leavers, at which a new loyalty card was formally launched, giving care leaves a range of valuable discounts.

Wolverhampton's Local Offer for care leavers aged between 16 and 25 provides information about a wide range of services which could help young care leavers prepare for adult life. It includes details of support which they are entitled to by law, as well as additional services that the council has been able to secure with the help of partner organisations. 

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inspiring change

Inclusion Conference 2023 

HY5 video

City of Wolverhampton Council’s Education and Childrens Services hosted its annual Inclusion Conference last month. The conference was attended by a range of education and children's services staff including Head Teachers and SENCOs. During, The Co-production and Youth Engagement Team attended to showcase the opportunities available for young people and families to get involved in shaping services and support in the city. Members of HY5! also shared their  video that gives an update on their Inspiring Change training and why other young people should get involved. Watch now

My Ideal Park

my ideal park

Parks and open spaces: Young people from HY5! met with city planners to talk about their experiences of using parks and open spaces in Wolverhampton They said that having safe places to go and spend time is really important, it can make them feel happy, keep healthy, make new friends and feel part of their communityYoung people created a vision about what their ideal park would look likeThis has been shared with the council to help develop our parks and open spaces in the future.

#Power of Youth

Looking forward
youth council

Youth Council Declaration Event 29 January 2024

Last year another record number of young people joined the City of Wolverhampton Youth Council and we're hoping to reach another record for next year.  The successful candidates – who attend schools across the city – will be officially announced at a special event in the Council Chamber on Monday 29 January.

The Mayor Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre will be joined by Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council Councillor Stephen Simkins and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Councillor Christopher Burden, along with other councillors and City of Wolverhampton Council's Directors to welcome the new youth councillors.

To contact the Youth Council, please email #YES@wolverhampton.gov.uk

make your mark

Make Your Mark gives all young people aged 11-18 in the UK the chance to have a say on the biggest issues facing young people.

Registration is now opened last month and we are pleased to announce all Wolverhampton secondary schools have signed up to take part.

Voting will take place between 29th January and 8th March 2024.

This project is powered by the British Youth Council; made possible with kind support the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Find out more 


Become a Member of Youth Parliament

Members of the Youth Council in Wolverhampton have the opportunity to stand for the role of Youth MP. Voting for these roles will take place online from 29 January to 8 March 2024. Look out for further details in the new year on who’s standing and how to vote on Yo! Wolves website


Motion Carried!

Kye Barton

Kye Barton from Wolverhampton Care Leavers Independent Collective gave a moving speech in support of the motion during last month's council meeting (watch above), with councillors giving him a standing ovation before passing the motion in full.

The motion, moved at Full Council recently by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Councillor Chris Burden, proposed including 'care experienced' as a protected characteristic in all Equality Impact Assessments carried out by the council – giving children in care and care leaves formal recognition and making sure that all decisions and policies consider their specific needs. Watch here.

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