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Services for Young People youth councils

A youth council is a group of young people keen to make a difference in their local area.

Whether it is looking for somewhere for young people to hang out, looking for things to do, such as music/dance events, promoting the need for larger skate parks, park equipment such as basketball hoops or football nets or raising awareness of wider issues such as transport, sexual health and personal safety, youth councils aim to improve the lives of young people in their local area.

Services for Young People youth councils are for young people aged 11-17.


How does it work?

The group of youth councillors gets together on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, dependent on their needs. They discuss the problems young people face and how situations can be improved. They come up with ideas on how to talk to other young people, listen to what they have to say and put together a plan of action which could include completing applications for funding.

This plan is then taken forward either by youth councillors themselves or taken to the people who make the decisions on what happens in their area - this could be local councillors, district councillors or sometimes county councillors. Others such as the police, the PCT (NHS) and leisure services can also be involved, depending on the issue or event.

All groups are supported by SfYP Youth Workers and/or a representative from the local council. Both of those supporters have contacts in other agencies to help the group in its work.


SfYP runs a youth council or young people's participation project in most districts of Hertfordshire. Please click on the links below for full details of the projects in your local area.

Broxbourne Youth Council

Broxbourne Youth Council provides young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making. 

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary / charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the Broxbourne district or would like to join the Broxbourne Youth Council, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Broxbourne Youth Council for young people with SEND

This project provides young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) opportunities to express their views on the issues important to them as well as contributing to the improvement of services and opportunities within their local communities and Hertfordshire.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the Broxbourne district or would like to join the Broxbourne Youth Council for young people with SEND, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Dacorum Youth Council

Dacorum Youth Council provides young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making. 

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary / charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the Dacorum district or would like to join the Dacorum Youth Council, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Dacorum Youth Council for young people with SEND

This project provides young people aged 11 to 17 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) opportunities to express their views on the issues important to them as well as contributing to the improvement of services and opportunities within their local communities and Hertfordshire.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the Dacorum district or would like to join the Dacorum Youth Council for young people with SEND, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

East Herts Youth Council for young people with SEND

This project provides young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) opportunities to express their views on the issues important to them as well as contributing to the improvement of services and opportunities within their local communities and Hertfordshire.

For more information about Services for Young People in the East Herts district, or to join the East Herts Youth Council for young people with SEND, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

East Herts Young People's Participation Projects

The Young People's Participation Projects in Bishop's Stortford, Hertford and Ware provide young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making. 

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary / charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.

For more information about Services for Young People in the East Herts district, or to join one of the East Herts Young People's Participation Projects, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Hertsmere Youth Council for young people with SEND

This project provides young people aged 11 to 17 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) opportunities to express their views on the issues important to them as well as contributing to the improvement of services and opportunities within their local communities and Hertfordshire.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the Hertsmere district or would like to join the Hertsmere Youth Council for young people with SEND, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

St Albans Youth Council

St Albans Youth Council provides young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making.

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary/charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the St Albans district or to join the St Albans Youth Council, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

St Albans Youth Council for young people with SEND

This project provides young people aged 11 to 17 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) opportunities to express their views on the issues important to them as well as contributing to the improvement of services and opportunities within their local communities and Hertfordshire.

For more information about Services for Young People in the St Albans district, or to join the St Albans Youth Council for young people with SEND, please:


Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Stevenage Youth Council

Stevenage Youth Council provides young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making. 

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary/charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the Stevenage district or would like to join the Stevenage Youth Council, please:


Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Three Rivers Youth Council

Three Rivers Youth Council provides young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making. 

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary/charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.

For more information about Services for Young People in the Three Rivers district, or to join Three Rivers Youth Council, please:


Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Three Rivers Youth Council for young people with SEND

This project provides young people aged 11 to 17 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) opportunities to express their views on the issues important to them as well as contributing to the improvement of services and opportunities within their local communities and Hertfordshire.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the Three Rivers district or would like to join the Three Rivers Youth Council for young people with SEND, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Watford Youth Council

Watford Youth Council provides young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making. 

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary / charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.

For more information about Services for Young People in the Watford district, or to join the Watford Youth Council, please:


Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Watford Youth Council for young adults with SEND

This project provides young adults aged 18 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) opportunities to express their views on the issues important to them as well as contributing to the improvement of services and opportunities within their local communities and Hertfordshire.

If you have any questions about our support for young people in the Watford district or would like to join the Watford Youth Council for young people with SEND, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council

Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council provides young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making. 

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary / charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.

For more information about Services for Young People in the Welwyn Hatfield district, or to join the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council for young people with SEND

This project provides young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) opportunities to express their views on the issues important to them as well as contributing to the improvement of services and opportunities within their local communities and Hertfordshire.

For more information about Services for Young People in the Welwyn Hatfield district, or to join the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council for young people with SEND, please:

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.