Get involved and get your voice heard

There are lots of different ways that you can get involved! It could be finding an activity you like, it could be volunteering or it could be having your voice heard. Find your way of getting involved below!

If you've got something you just want to say then tell us using our online form.

YorOK Board

YorOK

YorOK is the most senior partnership of everybody who works with children and young people in York, including schools and colleges. The YorOK Board makes sure that all of its members really are working together in the best interests of families and children. They meet regularly to talk about important things to do with children, young people and families.

So it is really important that children and young people can join in and take part in these important meetings. If you would like to know more about how you can get your voice heard at the YorOK Board contact us.

York Youth Council

York Youth Council is a group of young people who represent young people across the city. They work on a number of campaigns to make York a better place for young people. Current campaigns include:

  • Minding Minds School Award - an award scheme that can be used within schools, for young people, to give them more support.

  • A Curriculum for Life – this is the UK Youth Parliament’s national campaign.  We want to focus on mental health and well being awareness.

If you would like to get involved or alternately let the youth council know what you think please contact the yorkyouthcouncil@york.gov.uk or 01904 555262.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way of making a difference. As a volunteer your contribution is greatly appreciated – many organisations couldn’t run without volunteers. The YorZone website has lots of helpful information about volunteering opportunities for young people. From gardening to cheering marshall for the Yorkshire Marathon you can find all the opportunities here!

School councils

School Councils operate in both primary and secondary schools across York. The idea is that children and young people are elected to be on the school council who then meet to discuss school ideas, community issues or projects. If you would like to get involved in your school council ask one of your teachers how to get involved.

Rights and Advocacy Service

For children and young people who are looked after by the City of York. The Rights and Advocacy Service is here to help you get your views across; both in relation to decisions about your life as well as the decisions that affect all children and young people in care in York. We want to know what you think about how Children’s Services should be run as well as what you want to happen in your life.

For children and young people who are looked after by the City of York. The Rights and Advocacy Service is here to help you get your views across; both in relation to decisions about your life as well as the decisions that affect all children and young people in care in York. We want to know what you think about how Children’s Services should be run as well as what you want to happen in your life.

LGBT Youth York

LGBT is a youth project for young people who are 25 years old and younger, who either identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or, are questioning their sexuality. The main focus is to provide a safe and supportive environment where people can meet, relax, talk, listen to music and participate in games and organised social and educational activities. They can also look at specific issues and provide feedback.

Family Information Service

01904 554444

fis@york.gov.uk