Derbyshire Youth Council

The youth council aims to give a voice to the views of young people in Derbyshire.

Big Vote was launched to elect youth councillors to serve a two-year term of office representing young people from their school and community.

Local councillors and MPs listen to the youth council's views and take them into account when they're forming new policies and plans for young people's services.

Derbyshire Youth Council is made up of 52 young people aged from 11 to 19.

The Big Vote was launched to increase the number of candidates standing for election and the number of votes by opening up voting to around 54,000 young people in Derbyshire.

The 57 youth council members represent young people from their own schools and communities.

They are:

  • High Peak
  • Derbyshire Dales
  • Bolsover
  • North East Derbyshire
  • Chesterfield
  • Amber Valley
  • Erewash
  • South Derbyshire.

Once elected, members of the youth council attend six youth council conferences a year. 

In the past members have:

  • worked closely with our elected members and officers

  • discussed young people's issues with Government ministers

  • played a key role in promoting young people's issues across the East Midlands

  • served on the Derbyshire Children's Trust Board

  • taken part in meetings, conferences, events, roadshows, consultations and visits

  • allocated Youth Opportunity Fund/Youth Capital Fund money to over 400 youth projects across Derbyshire.

Big Vote 2014

This year's Big Vote takes place between January and March 2014 in all secondary schools in Derbyshire. The new youth council will be announced on Thursday 20 March 2014.

Anyone interested in standing for election can pick up a nomination pack from their school in January or download one from this page. Young people need to nominate themself by 12 February 2014.

Everyone who stands for election is invited to campaign for votes between 24 February − 7 March 2014.

Young people can then vote for who they'd like to be on the youth council between 10 March − 14 March 2014.

Further details

Contacts us for further details.

View our Strategy for the Involvement of Children, Young People and Families in Service Provision (opens in a new window).

Related documents

The following document is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

How useful did you find this page?

Not useful

Very useful

Thank you for rating this page

You can provide further feedback using our Contact us form