What we do

Our mission statement

We are young people working together to change Epping Forest district for the better by voicing the views of young people who want to be heard, to those who can make it happen.

The Youth Council aims to give young people a voice in their community.

We contribute to local consultations and surveys to make sure we can affect change in the Epping Forest district.

The Youth Council seeks to make changes and improvements by addressing local issues that arise during our 2 years in office.

Our Youth Council Manifesto sets out our key objectives and some of the actions we will take to achieve these.


  • Winner of the National Crimebeat Award 2018
  • Winner of the High Sherriff's Shield Award in 2015
  • Winner of the High Sheriffs’ Award 2015
  • Winner of the Jack Petchey Crystal Award in 2015
  • Winner of the Youth on Board Award 2015
  • Winner of the BYC Making a difference award 2015
  • Winner of the Epping Forest Civic Award 2015
  • Runner Up for Who Will Care award 2015
  • Winner of the #Iwill Step Up to Serve award 2014
  • Winner of the Epping Forest Civic Award 2013
  • Winner of the Epping Forest District Council Innovation award 2009
  • Winners of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme


  • 2018 Lunched Drug Awareness Poster campaign ‘Say No to Gateway Drugs’
  • 2018 Celebrated 10th Anniversary at Houses of Parliament reception
  • 2018 Youth Councillors present the Civic Awards with the EFDC Chairman
  • 2017 Clean up day with EFDC Waste management Team and City of London – Say No to N2O
  • 2017 Youth Conference and debate to have a dedicated Police Liaison Officers in Epping Forest Schools
  • 2017 Fearless training by Essex Police
  • 2017 Fund raising at Epping Youth Market for the Children’s Society
  • 2017 Deliver presentations to school assemblies to promote activities and events such as the Youth Elections, to raise awareness of issues for young people such as bullying and the Prevent agenda and signpost them to support services
  • 2017 Consulting with young people in schools and youth centres through surveys and suggestion boxes to find out what issues face young people
  • 2016 Launched Milife Roadshow (3 years funded 2016 – 2019) about positive mental health
  • 2016 Youth Project Map updated
  • 2016 Volunteer clean up day Epping Forest with city of London and the Nightingale Project
  • 2016 Designed and produced a Young Person’s Guide To Volunteering to promote voluntary work amongst young people and signpost them to organisations that take on volunteers 
  • 2016 Encouraging young people to report a crime by producing a wallet-sized card with the instructions to report a crime or incident
  • 2015 Intergenerational project at Buckhurst Court, Buckhurst Hill
  • 2015 Youth Conference and Debate on remaining a member of the European Union
  • 2015 Transport Project, including a transport survey addressing the issues affecting young people using local buses and a mystery shopping exercise on the local buses.
  • 2014 Launched Bullying Awareness Project #URNotAlone to raise awareness of support services available to young people
  • 2014 Youth Project Map updated
  • 2014 Pop Up Youth project in Waltham Abbey
  • 2014 Youth Conference celebrating Local Democracy Week
  • 2014 Help the Heroes fund raiser at the Fyfield Village fun day
  • 2013 Youth Conference and Votes for 16 debate
  • 2013 Organised Youth Project of the Year Awards
  • 2013 Intergenerational project with VAEF at Leonard Davies House, North Weald
  • 2013 Volunteer clean up day Buckhurst Hill
  • Young Person’s Guide to Reporting Crime & promotion of 101 number
  • 2013 Launched the Young  Person’s Guide to Volunteering
  • 2013 Intergenerational project - The Youth Councillors created the Intergenerational Project to breakdown barriers between older and younger people and dispel negative perceptions of young people
  • 2012 Bus Survey results published
  • 2012 Youth Volunteering day with the City of London
  • 2011 Youth Project Map updated
  • 2011 Launched ‘How Safe Are You?  booklet and DVD resource for schools and Youth Groups
  • 2011 Production of the ‘Top Safety Tips’ booklet for all year 10 pupils in the Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford districts
  • 2011 Launched Suggestion boxes in all secondary schools for pupils to @Have Your Say’
  • 2011 Held speed meetings with adult councillors and Harlow Youth Council to get to know each other in a fun and informal way
  • 2010 Organised Youth Project of the Year Awards
  • 2010 Organised the Local Democracy Conference
  • 2010 Participated in BYC Rally to lower the voting age to 16
  • 2010 Personal Safety Project, including ‘How safe are you?’ DVD project highlighting safety issues for young people
  • 2010 Youth Project of the year awards were arranged to celebrate the great work being done in the district by youth groups and volunteers.
  • 2009 Launched Safety and Social DVD, a teachers resource
  • 2009 Co-organised a Big Lunch event with Harlow Youth Council
  • 2009 Addressing the lack of things for young people to do in the Epping Forest district by mapping the youth services and provision and promoting the services on the EFYC web pages
  • 2009 Environmental Project, including energy saving issues in schools
  • 2008 The Big Youth Debate
  • Addressing negative attitudes towards young people by raising the positive profile of the work young people do in their community
  • organised to involve young people in the decision making process with a question and answer panel

Phone Contact us....

Need more help? Or just further information? Please contact us on:

Telephone: 01992 564365 or 01992 564096

Email: efyc@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Or you can write to us at:
Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street,  Epping, Essex CM16 4LU




Raise an issue 

If you want to get in contact with us, meet with a representative or raise a matter which would be of interest or concern to the Youth Council, you can either submit an online contact request using the link below or email us on efyc@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Complete an online contact request for the Youth Council

We will reply to your enquiry within 10 working days.


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