What we do
We are a body of young people elected by our peers to give young people a voice in the community.
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.
- Winners of the High Sherriff's Shield Award in 2015
- Winners of the Jack Petchey Crystal Award in 2015
- Winners of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme
- Launched a Bullying Awareness Project to raise awareness of support services available to young people in 2015
- 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
- Intergenerational project - The Youth Councillors created the Intergenerational Project to breakdown barriers between older and younger people and dispel negative perceptions of young people
- 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
- The Big Youth Debate was organised to involve young people in the decision making process with a question and answer panel
- Youth Project of the year awards were arranged to celebrate the great work being done in the district by youth groups and volunteers.
- Personal Safety Project, including ‘How safe are you?’ DVD project highlighting safety issues for young people
- Transport Project, including a transport survey addressing the issues affecting young people using local buses and a mystery shopping exercise on the local buses.
- Environmental Project, including energy saving issues in schools
- Addressing negative attitudes towards young people by raising the positive profile of the work young people do in their community
- 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
- Consulting with young people in schools and youth centres through surveys and suggestion boxes to find out what issues face young people
- Encouraging young people to report a crime by producing a wallet-sized card with the instructions to report a crime or incident
- Production of the ‘Top Safety Tips’ booklet for all year 10 pupils in the Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford districts
- Organise annual Local Democracy Conference for year 8 - 10 pupils which included a Votes for 16 debate, debate to stay in the European Union
- Held speed meetings with adult councillors and Harlow Youth Council to get to know each other in a fun and informal way