The big launch: Young people set out their priorities for 2016

19 October 2015

Supported by Youth Connexions, young people from across the county came together on Saturday 16th October at County Hall for the launch of the Hertfordshire Young People’s Manifesto 2015/16, in the presence of the Executive Member for Children’s Services, County Councillor Richard Roberts.

Herts 1125 Manifesto Launch Oct 2015

Richard Roberts, Executive Member for Children's Services (centre) accepted the manifesto on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council

Nearly 7,000 young people voted for their top issues in February 2015 and during the summer over 9,500 were consulted to establish their views on their top five priorities. This year, specific consultations were also carried out with Young Carers and the LGBT+ strategic group called Who not What (WnW), on issues that directly affect themselves and their peers.

Through publishing the annual manifesto, members of Herts1125 have a sound evidence base on which to debate and address the issues with politicians and officers of Hertfordshire County Council and other key decision makers across the County. The aim is for young people to raise awareness of their concerns and bring about improvements to the services they receive.

The following are the top priorities as set out in the manifesto:

Herts1125 representing all young people in Hertfordshire

  • Cyber bullying
  • Young People’s Rights
  • Hate crime
  • LGBT+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, plus)
  • Financial help for young people

Herts1125 Who Not What (WnW )

  • Mental Health
  • Individual Support

Herts Young Carers

  • Identifying Young Carers
  • Local Young Carer support groups

Richard Roberts, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people getting  involved, wanting to make the difference that matters.

“The youth manifesto shows the passion, inspiration and commitment  by young people for young people in  Hertfordshire. It’s important that we listen carefully to these views, and those of all residents, so that our services are more responsive to priorities and ambitions. These manifesto priorities have been voted on by nearly 10,000 young people and I look forward to meeting the challenge and debate this will generate.”

Read the manifesto here.