Tag Archives: Surrey Heath Youth Council

Katy Hurt & Stefan Nahajski Interview and Performance of I’m Gonna Dance – Podcast

Katy Hurt & Stefan NahajskiTonight I had the privilege to be able to interview Katy Hurt & Stefan Nahajski about Katy’s music career and how a Windle Valley Youth Project ‘Step-Up’ Grant has helped Katy realise and develop her talent as a song writer and musician.

Katy also gave an exclusive performance of her song I’m Gonna Dance with Stefan on guitar. Watching Katy and Stefan perform together was wonderful. Katy wrote the chords down for Stefan and what you hear in this podcast was done in one take with no rehearsal It was the first time Stefan had played it.

This podcast is also available to download on iTunes.

Follow Katy on twitter @KT_Hurt13

Youth Councillors Step Together for the Olympics

Surrey Heath Youth Council - SHYCSurrey Heath Youth Council (SHYC) has presented the charity Step-by-Step with a cheque for £170. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the charity, community fundraiser Gill Butler commented “We are very grateful to the Youth Council for choosing to support our charity and for highlighting the work we do”.

The money was raised through an event in July organised by the Youth Council in honour of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics at London Road Recreation Ground.

At the event there were activities to please all ages including fun inflatables, home-made cake stalls, ice creams and lots of mini Olympic races. The charity R-U_Able2 also helped organise Boccia and mixed ability football.

Step by Step is based in Aldershot and has been running for almost 20 years. The charity helps homeless and vulnerable 16-25 year olds in Rushmoor and Surrey Heath.

You can find out more about the Surrey Heath Youth Council at http://surreyheathyc.org.uk/

Follow them on twitter @SurreyHeathYO

And on Facebook www.facebook.com/SurreyHeathYouthCouncil


UKTeenTV at Surrey Heath Games celebration – Video blog

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Guest blog by Nick Ransom at UKTeenTV

Description – Nick Ransom from Teen TV reports on the Surrey Heath Games Celebration at the London Road Recreation Ground on Sunday 22nd July 2012. This event was organised by the Surrey Heath Youth Council.

Surrey Heath disappointed with youth council ruling – Via getSURREY

SHBCTHE mother of a member of Surrey Heath’s youth council has spoken about the dangers of youngsters putting information on Facebook.

Barbara Lapthorn’s 16-year-old daughter Yasmin is a member of the Surrey youth council that was last week the subject of a Freedom of Information tribunal in London.

A member had backed plans relating to the Heatherside Recreation Area in 2010.

This prompted objector John Morley to lodge an information request about youth council details, refused by Surrey Heath Borough Council.

However, last week a tribunal judge agreed with Mr Morley’s argument that because youth council members had openly posted about issues on Facebook, the details could be released.

First-tier tribunal Judge Anisa Dhanji ruled on June 12 for the names of some of the youth council to be released, a decision that was passed two to one.

Mrs Lapthorn, from Mytchett, and her daughter were not informed of the ruling and only found out when they saw the story in last week’s News and Mail.

She said: “The group of Facebook was private and the children did not realise the public could see their names.

“It has now been changed to a closed group for this very reason and I always tell my children not to put any personal information online.”

The name of the youth council member who spoke was given at the planning meeting.

Mrs Lapthorn said: “I did not mind that my daughter’s name was released, my concern was to do with the addresses. They are not represented or elected, or decision-makers. Their opinions carry no weight. I would have preferred Mr Morley to have contacted the youth council first before taking it this far.”

Read full story – Surrey Heath disappointed with youth council ruling – Via getSURREY

Facebook argument in youth council disclosure case – Via getSURREY

getSURREY FacebookTHE names of most of Surrey Heath’s Youth Council will be released to a planning campaigner following a legal row over the privacy rights of young Facebook users.

A member of the youth council, which was set up to give youngsters an insight into local decision-making, was allowed to speak at a planning meeting concerning the Heatherside Recreation Area in 2010.

John Morley, a resident who opposed the development in question, then asked Surrey Heath Borough Council to disclose the names and addresses of the Youth Council members under the Freedom of Information Act, but his request was turned down.

But in a case which could have knock-on consequences for children who use Facebook, an information rights panel has now ordered that the names are disclosed, ruling the teens had forfeited their right to privacy by posting their details online.

On Tuesday (June 12), first-tier tribunal Judge Anisa Dhanji said Mr Morley requested the names and addresses of the Youth Council members because he was concerned about the “extent of their involvement” in the granting of planning permission.

The council provided him with a chart setting out which wards the youth councillors lived in, but refused to hand over their names, arguing that to do so would breach the Data Protection Act.

Read full story at getSURREY – Facebook argument in youth council disclosure case

Windle Valley Youth Project Takes on Support of Surrey Heath Youth Council

Windle Valley Youth Project - WVYPThe Windle Valley Youth Project (WVYP) has taken on the role of supporting the Surrey Heath Youth Council (SHYC).

The Youth Project has been involved with the Youth Council for a couple of years working alongside other partners such as Surrey County Council, Surrey Heath Borough Council and local schools.

Stefan Nahajski, CEO of the Youth Project commented – “The youth council is developing into a really important voice for young people. When we heard about the changes in County funding for youth work we decided we had to do something to keep the Youth Council going and developing. We were delighted when the other stakeholders gave us their backing to take on the support role. The youth council has some impressive achievements under its belt including winning a Diana Award and I’m excited about its future.”

Matt Price, Chair of the Youth Council commented, “We’re really pleased the WVYP has agreed to support the Youth Council. It’s really important that we can represent youths across all of Surrey Heath”.

Samena Mehmood is the support youth worker for the Youth Council and is now employed by WVYP. She can be contacted at samena@wvyp.org.uk.

The Windle Valley Youth Project serves the young people (11-18) of the Surrey towns of Bagshot, Lightwater and Windlesham, and surrounding areas.

Its purpose is to support young people in reaching their full potential by understanding and serving their social, spiritual and recreational needs.

The Surrey Heath Youth Council serves young people aged 11-18 who live, work or study in Surrey Heath. Its purpose is:

  • To improve the Surrey Heath area for all young people
  • To find out and make people aware of the needs of young people in Surrey Heath and how these can be met
  • To be a voice of the young people of Surrey Heath and increase young people’s awareness and influence over issues which concern their lives
  • To promote a positive image of young people and to celebrate young people’s success
  • To help the community in whichever way we can, by incorporating our skills and utilising something we’re passionate about