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Children's & Youth Empowerment and Disabilities

According to the United Nations right of the Child it is the right of every young person to have their opinions and ideas heard by the adults who make decisions which affect their lives. 

Increasingly government and other organisations are recognising the need for services to hear and acknowledge 'children's and young people's voice'

What we do

In Rochdale we are keen for young people to have their say and through this team within the Youth Service as well as some other teams opportunities are created for young people to do so.

Every year we also run the elections for the Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) and their deputy who meet with the local Youth Cabinet in Rochdale as well as attending regional and national meetings for young people in other towns and cities.

There is also a Children's Council for children aged 8 to 11 that meet monthly.  This group is led by the Children's Champion who is also aged 8 to 11 and is elected annually.

Over 18,000 children and young people took part in the elections for Children's Champion and the Member of Youth Parliament last year.

The team also support forums for more specific groups of young people including Cared for Children, Young Carer's, Young People with Disabilities and Asian Young Women.  All of these groups feed young people and discussions into the borough-wide Youth Cabinet.

The over all aim is to make these different children's and youth voices as representative of Rochdale Borough as possible.

Youth Forum for Disabled Young People

We have youth forums in each of the 4 Townships of Rochdale, Pennines, Middleton and Heywood.  These meet on a regular basis to look at issues affecting young people in their areas and every term they come together as Rochdale Borough Youth Council to look at wider issues across the Borough.

The Youth Forum for Disabled Young People holds meetings on the last Wednesday evening of the month at Springvale Youth Centre (Middleton) 6pm to 9pm.

The purpose of the forum is to discuss and inform services that are provided for them as young people with disabilities.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Heather Mellalieu
Contact Position
Team Leader, Children's and Youth Empowerment team
01706 924295

Where to go

Name of venue
Matthew Moss Youth Centre
Venue address
Matthew Moss Lane
OL11 3LU

Other Details


Other notes

There are a variety of groups and forums all meeting at different times and places. Some of the groups are also for particular target groups such as Young Carers or Cared for Children. For more detailed information and advice please contact Heather Mellalieu on 01706 924295

Local Offer

Local Offer Ages
4-10 (Primary School)
11-16 (Secondary School)
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