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

  • Attended my first Mental Health Network meeting, involving high care dementia discussions.
  • Met Miriam Davison the Director of Public Health and Rachel Osbaldeston Public Health Portfolio Lead, we spoke about mindfulness and prevention and awareness of mental health issues.
  • Since my last update I have attended two Darlington Youth Partnership meetings, this involved hopefully doing some work with the police and crime commissioner, and advertising recruitment to the DYP.
  • Met with Councillor Bill Dixon the leader of Darlington Borough Council to speak about my manifesto and how to bring it forward. Planning to keep regular contact with Cllr Dixon.

Why not check out my twitter page @jesshallidaymyp
Catch up soon

Jess Halliday

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]

Why not check out our Facebook page [external link] Twitter page [external link] or contact:
Andy Whittam
Participation Officer