Darlington Youth Partnership

The idea of Darlington Youth Partnerships is to take forward issues that children and young people from the Borough of Darlington have identified and to campaign for change to happen. We aim to ask for their opinions on the important things going on in Darlington, whether it is new town developments, cuts to public spending or youth activities.

Make Your Mark

Youth Parliament [external link]

Jess Halliday Darlington’s MYP

Hi I am Jess Halliday I am 16 and currently studying for my A levels at Carmel Sixth Form. I am Darlington Member Youth Parliament (MYP) I was elected in March 2016 to do the following.

  • Transport prices- reduce public transport costs for 16-18 year olds
  • Mental health- raise awareness and support for Mental Health: A recent Mental Health survey by Healthwatch Darlington included concerns over waiting times and children and young people not feeling that they were actually helped once accessing the services! And 61% of our children and young people survey users told us they don’t think there is enough information available for young people about mental health services.
  • Work experience- increase availability of work experience for young people 

Click the link to see more on my manifesto [pdf document]

What's Darlington's MYP been up to

  • I attended The Head Teachers meeting at Morton Park to discuss my manifesto and how to bring it forward in PSHE. This had a great response and I made many contacts within Darlington Schools.
  • Met with Miriam Davison, Director of Public Health, and Rachel Osbaldeston to discuss mental health campaigning through November and December, as well as further discussion on mindfulness in schools.
  • Had a meeting with Jane Kochanowski, Assistant Director of Children’s Services, and Ian Williams, Director of Economic Growth, to look at development of the new Tees Valley Combined Authority and where I can be involved. Issues I would like to play a part in are the development of cheaper transport for young people and quality work placements with local businesses.
  • Had an interview with star radio regarding Mental Health. This was publicised on Monday 10th October- World Mental Health Day. This was a good opportunity to broadcast my views on Anti-stigma regarding mental health issues as MYP.
  • I attended the National Women’s conference to do a presentation on Mental Health. This was a great opportunity to discuss how young women face mental health issues in today’s society.
  • Make your Mark ballots have been counted. In Darlington our turnout was a great 36% compared to last year’s 21%, the top 3 issues in Darlington were as follows; Curriculum for Life, Stop the Cuts that affect our NHS and Tackling Racism and Religious Discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish. Thank you to everyone involved!
  • On the 11th November I will be attending the Youth Parliament Annual Sitting at the House of Commons to debate the top 5 issues of Make your Mark. You can watch this live on BBC Parliament: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcparliament

Follow me on Twitter; @jesshallidayMYP and give our facebook page a cheeky like: https://www.facebook.com/Darlington-youth-partnership-DYP-1467730130140099/?fref=nf

Thanks for reading,
Jess Halliday MYP

If you want more information on how you can have a say please email andy.whittam@darlington.gov.uk

National News

The UK Youth Parliament chosen to combat racism and religious discrimination as its national campaign for 2016. Mental health was also chosen as UKYP’s priority campaign for England. http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/ [external link]

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Andy Whittam
Participation Officer