Youth cabinet

Youth Cabinet meetings

Youth Cabinet meetings are held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm via Google Meet.

Meetings for 2020/21 will be held on:

  • 1 June 2020
  • 22 June 2020
  • 27 July 2020
  • 28 September 2020
  • 19 October 2020
  • 2 November 2020
  • 7 December 2020
  • 4 January 2021
  • 1 February 2021
  • 1 March 2021

Agenda for Youth Cabinet meetings are published below.

Monday 1 March 2021

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies.

2. Members and staff updates.

3. Rendered Retina – Alex Manga.
Rendered Retina Theatre Company creates exciting, playful, and high-quality theatre that has toured nationally and internationally. They have been given funding to develop their educational offers for schools and would like to get some feedback from the Youth Cabinet about their experiences of online learning and theatre in general.

4. Mental Health Working Group – Erin Raine and Sade King.
Erin and Sade visited the Youth Cabinet in December to discuss mental health and the barriers young people may face when accessing services. They will be returning to provide an update on the project and the outcomes from the Youth Cabinet's feedback.

5. Thurrock Youth Cabinet elections.
Elections for the role of Thurrock's Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), Thurrock Youth Cabinet chairperson, and vice-chairperson.

6. Any other business.

Monday 1 February 2021

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies.

2. Members and staff updates.
SEND agenda, previous agenda and minutes, elections, COVID-19 impact survey, and external meeting updates.

3. Members feedback.
Members feedback on questions asked on county lines, gangs, grooming, stop and search, and drug usage in Thurrock.

4. Crime in Thurrock – Ceryl Marsh.
Ceryl is the Thurrock Gangs and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) Lead, and she has a wealth of knowledge she will share with the Youth Cabinet.

5. Stop and search – Neil Brand.
Neil is a Thurrock Community Safety and Engagement officer who will discuss what stop and search is and the procedures. Youth Cabinet can share their views on stop and search.

6. Public Health approach – Jason Read.
Jason is the lead for the Youth Offending team. He will talk to you about what the drug market looks like in Thurrock and discuss a potential project the Youth Cabinet could explore.

7. Anti-social Behaviour in Thurrock – Neil Brand.
Neil will share an update on anti-social behaviour in Thurrock and successful interventions by the police. He will also share the opportunities to engage with the Essex Police further.

8. Any other business.
Children's Mental Health Week and Mental Health Service.

Monday 4 January 2021

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies – 5:30pm.

2. Members and staff updates – 5:40pm.
SEND agenda, previous agenda and minutes, COVID-19 Impact survey and external meeting updates.

3. Brighter Futures – Victor George – 5:55pm.
The Youth Cabinet will have an opportunity to discuss health and well-being, which will contribute to a short video / film for Brighter Futures.

4. Curriculum for Life – Roberta Fontaine – 6:30pm.
Roberta will provide an update on the curriculum for life project and the future dates of working groups.

5. SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) – Roberta Fontaine – 6:45pm.
The SACRE committee's main function is to advise the local authority on matters related to religious education, which agrees the syllabus locally. SACRE would like the Youth Cabinet to share their honest views on their religious education experience.

6. Any other business – 7pm.
Tilbury Town Fund would like to talk to members who live in Tilbury about their experience and the future regeneration project.

Monday 7 December 2020

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies – 5:30pm.
Welcome new members.

2. Members and staff updates – 5:40pm.
SEND agenda, previous agenda and minutes, external meeting updates, National Youth Agency (NYA) researchers update.

3. Make your Mark – Alicia Jones – 5:55pm.
Update on Make your Mark results and discuss what issues Thurrock Youth Cabinet will take forward.

4. Mental Health Working Group – Erin Raine and Sade – 6pm.
Erin and Sade will discussing the idea of the mental health working group and start the initial planning process. It’s the opportunity to find out more about project and help shape the project.

5. 2021 plan – Roberta Fontaine – 7pm.
Roberta will update the cabinet members about the next 3 months and potential project ideas. This will be an opportunity to share ideas and thoughts on what is proposed.

6. Young Thurrock provision – Victor George – 7:15pm.
An update on Young Thurrock half-term programme and plans for the new term.

Monday 2 November 2020

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies.

2. Members and staff updates.
SEND agenda, face-to-face meetings, Member of Youth Parliament meetings, previous agenda and minutes.

3. Make your Mark – Alicia Jones.
Update on Make your Mark, which was launched on Monday 2 November, with further information about schools signing-up.

4. Youth Con – Roberta Fontaine.
Youth Con is a successful annual conference for young people, by young people. We will discuss a Youth Con alternative.

5. Mental Health Working Group – Roberta Fontaine.
A short mental health presentation and explanation of a new opportunity.

6. National Youth Agency (NYA) Researcher – Roberta Fontaine.
NYA Young Researcher Network project is a great opportunity to take part in a research project and gain an accredited certificate.

7. Young Thurrock provision – Angela Surrey.
An update on the success of October's Young Thurrock half-term programme and plans for the new term.

Monday 19 October 2020

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies.

2. Members and staff updates.
SEND agenda, face-to-face meetings, Member of Youth Parliament meetings, 11-19 strategy meeting.

3. Guest speaker – Roy Dignum.
Roy is the Assistant and Acting Head of Thurrock Music Services. They are looking at how they can engage with the Youth Voice.

3. Make your Mark – Alicia Jones.
An update on the Make your Mark campaign and how it will work this work.

5. Youth Cabinet constitution – Lucia Lucioni and Adam Shea.
Discussion on changes in the Youth Cabinet constitution.

6. Curriculum for life (C4L) – Adam Shea and Lucia Lucioni.
Discussing topics to be considered for the C4L programme. Roles will be assigned so this can be successful.

7. Young Thurrock provision – Roberta Fontaine.
An update on Young Thurrock provision and the opportunities that are available to young people. 

Monday 28 September 2020

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies.

2. Members and staff updates.

3. Guest speaker – Cllr Sara Muldowney.
Sara would like to discuss the government's Kickstarter scheme and how it will benefit young people in Thurrock. She wants to hear the Youth Cabinet's views on the Kickstarter scheme and youth unemployment.

4. Make your Mark – Alicia Jones.
Alicia is a Member of the Youth Parliament. She will be updating the Youth Cabinet on the 'Make your Mark' campaign and how it will work this year. She will help the youth cabinet plan and promote the campaign.

5. Youth Cabinet constitution – Lucia Lucioni and Adam Shea.
Lucia and Adam will discuss with members the changes in the Youth Cabinet Constitution. Members will have an opportunity to discuss approval and abstain from the proposed changes.

6. Curriculum for life (C4L) – Adam Shea and Lucia Lucioni .
Adam and Lucia will share the C4L programme idea and discuss how the Youth Cabinet can get involved.

7. Young Thurrock provision – Lydia Terry.
Lydia will provide an update on the success of the Young Thurrock summer programme and the plans for the October half-term.

Monday 27 July 2020

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies and ice breaker.

2. Members and staff updates..

3. Update on Youth Cabinet events and previous meetings – Chairperson and Vice-chairperson..

4. Guest speaker – Sarah Da Silva.
Sarah has been on BBC News to raise awareness of young people with disabilities and the discrimination they may face. She will be sharing her personal experience with you, and then there will be questions and answers.

5. Guest speakers – Cllr Halden and Sheila Murphy.
You will have the opportunity to speak directly to the Cabinet portfolio holder for children’s services and the Corporate Director of Children's Services.

6. Guest speaker – Cllr Muldowney.
You will have the opportunity to speak with Cllr Muldowney of Chadwell St Mary ward.

7. Young Thurrock provision – Lydia Terry.
Lydia will provide an update on the Young Thurrock summer programme and the Youth Cabinet trip.

Monday 22 June 2020

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies and ice breaker.

2. Members and staff updates.
An update on youth cabinet events, previous guest speakers and future work.

3. Guest speakers – Gemma Fitzgerald and Erin Raine.
Gemma and Erin are from the Thurrock School Well-being Service, which is a new service. Their team supports schools to become mentally healthy environments for students and staff. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share your views on the service.

4. Guest speaker – Lucy Fernie.
Lucy is a Senior Instructor at Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre. You will find out about the upcoming plans to expand their provision and will be asked your views on this.

5. Young Thurrock feedback – Lydia Terry.
The Youth Team was thrilled with the feedback about their provision. They would like your opinions on targeted youth work.

6. Shaping Health services – Roberta Fontaine.
Clinical Commissioning Groups would like to hold board meetings. It gives people an opportunity to hear how decisions are made about the health services offered in Thurrock.

Monday 1 June 2020

1. Welcome, introductions and apologies.

2. Ice breaker.
Team activity

3. Members and staff updates.
Update on youth cabinet events and previous meetings, plus feedback on the virtual sessions.

4. Guest speaker – Deuvaunn Darroux from Youth Futures Foundation.
Deuvaunn will speak to you about his role at Youth Futures Foundation and what it involves. There will be a chance to ask him questions about the Youth Employment group (YEG) and the Youth Cabinet's involvement.

5. Young Thurrock provision.
We will look at the youth service provision and the current virtual programme. You will be asked about your views and ideas on the service.