Sunderland Youth Groups

Sunderland Youth Parliament

Sunderland Youth Council

Sunderland Youth Council (formerly Sunderland Youth Parliament) is a group of young people aged 11 to 19 who aim to represent the voices of young people in Sunderland. Elected members of the youth parliament are also part of this group of young people.

SYC is responsible for hosting the Young People's state of the city debate which takes place in November each year. The group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 4.30 to 6.30pm.


Young Inspectors

Do you want to have a say in your local services? Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you aged 13 to 19 (or are you a disabled person aged under 25)? Do you feel your voice has not been listened to?

If you answer 'Yes' to the above questions, we'd like you to join Sunderland Young Inspectors. You’ll learn new skills, have your voice heard and get paid.

Sunderland Young Inspectors is a programme that trains young people aged 13 to 19 (and up to 25) to inspect the services they use. Sunderland Young Inspectors have recently inspected Northumbria Police, Connexions, health centres, Sunderland's libraries and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The Inspectors meet every second Thursday from 4.30 to 6.30pm at the Civic Centre, Sunderland.


Change Council

Change Council; Young People in Care Changing Lives is a group representing the voices of children and young people who are in care in Sunderland.

Membership involves young people working with senior staff to improve and develop services that affect their lives including corporate parenting board and training staff.

The Change Council usually meet the first Wednesday of every month from 4.30 to 6.30pm at Next Steps, Sunniside.


Children and Young People Advisory Network

The Children's Trust Advisory Network is a network of children and young people aged 11 to 19 (up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities) who meet monthly on a Tuesday evening from 4.30 to 6.30pm.

They work alongside the Children's Trust to ensure young people's views are at the heart of decision making in Sunderland.


School Councils

School councils encourage children and young people to become more actively involved in the development of their school.

Over the years, school councils have been consulted on various issues such as the appointment of staff, changes to uniform, tackling bullying, the school environment and charity fund raising. Ask at your school for further information.


To find out more about any of our youth groups, just get in touch.

Tel: 0191 561 7400

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