Youth forum

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The TM Youth Forum is a group of young people that represents the views of young people who live or go to school in Tonbridge and Malling. The Youth Forum works with a number of organisations to develop activities, events and facilities for young people.

Any young person aged 11 - 18 can join the TM Youth Forum and members come from a wide range of youth clubs, schools and community groups to discuss important local issues.

Mission statement 'It is TM Youth Forum’s goal to provide a platform for young people to voice their ideas and make a ripple effect of positive change for the generation of the future'

Youth Forum Poster

Aim

  • To represent all young people in Tonbridge and Malling at a local, national and international level.
  • To raise issues and concerns that affect the lives of young people
  • To work with different organisations to address these issues
  • To get young people's voices heard

Objectives

  • To provide a forum for discussion on the issues that concern young people in Tonbridge and Malling
  • To involve young people in the development of the Council's youth development programme
  • To create a positive image of young people in Tonbridge and Malling.

Meetings

Due to Covid-19 restrictions meetings are currently being held online via Microsoft Teams and normally start at 6pm. Meetings are usually held every few months (around 6 meetings a year) and meetings last no more than 2 hours. If you would like to come along to a meeting to see what it’s all about please let us know using the contact details below and we will send you more information.

Current Projects

Survive Lockdown - Youth Forum's Top 5 Tips

Mental Health - Your Mental Health Matters

Safe Haven’s Scheme – safe places - in progress, further information to follow.

School uniform access - in progress - further information to follow.

Minutes

12 November 2020

28 January 2021

11 March 2021

29 April 2021

Types of membership

Full member - Attend meetings/events and get involved with projects and campaigns

Community member – If you are tight for time but still want to get your views heard and be consulted on project and campaigns, then becoming a community member might be for you.

Other links and young people's services

Kent Youth County Council - Kent Youth County Council helps voice the opinions of young people in Kent.

VRU Champions - Kent and Medway VRU work with young people aged 13-15 years on helping to make communities safer.

The BeYou Project - supports LGBT+ young people in Kent (and is part of the charity Porchlight).

KoothA free online counselling and emotional well-being support service for young people aged 10-16 years (up to 17th birthday) in Kent.

We Are With You - Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health from one of our local services or online.

Further Information

If you would like more information or if you are interested in joining the Youth Forum please email youthforum@tmbc.gov.uk

Email: leisure.services@tmbc.gov.uk
Phone: 01732 876166