MK Youth Cabinet

The Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet (YCAB) is made up of 36 young people aged 11 - 19 from across MK who work together to give a voice to all young people.

A record 11,000 young people across MK voted in the Youth Cabinet and Youth Parliament elections this year - the results were announced in March.

Young people also voted on the youth issues that they would like YCAB and UK Youth Parliament members to address locally.  The top three youth issues for this year are:

  • Life Skills Education:  Support schools to deliver fun and interactive ideas to prepare young people for adult life.
  • Mental Health:  Work with organisations to improve their services to young people.
  • All In One Card: Improve the All In 1 Card offer and get more young people to own one.

YCAB Scavenger Hunt

Win £50 in shopping vouchers. You’ll be provided with a FREE goodie bag and a FREE day bus ticket to get around MK.

What will you be doing:  With a group of friends (up to four) you will be exploring Milton Keynes by using Arriva buses. In your team you will need to get stamps from selected places featured in your completion booklet.

When: 9th August 2017 starting at 10:30am – 6:00pm

To register your interested, please email Roz at Roz.Mascarenhas@Milton-keynes.gov.uk and you'll receive a starter pack.

What has YCAB been up to?

 

All in One Card and Bus Transport

After a the pricing re-structure of the All in One card last year, YCAB spoke with Council officers and with Arriva about bringing back the monthly pass. In August, a Flat Fare was brought back at £1 - YCAB are pleased that a solution was reached and fares are fairer again.

 

MK Council Budget Consultation 2017

YCAB collected 121 questionnaires completed by the youth of MK on the 2017 budget. Responses were analysed and three topics that were mentioned frequently were the All in One Card, green spaces and park land. This information was then written into a formal report and sent to the MK Council for further analysis.  Five members of YCAB attended a full council meeting on the Budget and spoke on behalf of MK’s young people to make sure their voices were heard.

 

Anti-Bullying

Don’t Hate – Educate

More than 50 young people gathered in the Council Chamber in August to talk about how to tackle racism, prejudice and religious intolerance.  The event also included workshops hosted by local people from the Tamil and Middle Eastern Islamic communities, as well as one on Jewish culture.

See Sense Stop Bullying

YCAB launched a series of striking posters as part of their 'See Sense, Stop Bullying' campaign in October 2016. The campaign, which also includes stories from those who have been bullied, focuses on key bullying issues facing young people today: race and religion, lesbian, gay and bi-sexual (LGBT) and disability. You can read more about the See Sense Stop Bullying campaign here.

 

Votes at 16

YCAB members have attended Council meetings to inform adults of the right for young people to be able to vote in local national elections.  

 

Regular meetings attended by YCAB 

Members of YCAB attend meetings to represent views of young people directly to adult decision makers.  These are at

  •       MK Hospital Trust – 2 YCAB members on the Council of Governors
  •       MK Council, Children and Young People’s Committee – 3 YCAB members attend regularly
  •       Starting Well Partnership – 3 YCAB members attend regularly

 

Funding:

YCAB have been awarded £30,000 of funding for the next three years, giving the Youth Cabinet full responsibility over their budget so they can prioritise and make decisions directly. You can read more about YCAB funding here

 

GET INVOLVED

Voting for 2017 is now closed.  Please check back for more information on the 2018 elections. 

If you are interested in seeing a YCAB meeting, you will need to book in advance through roz.mascarenhas@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Last Updated: 30 June 2017