The forum is a great opportunity for people who have a passion for bettering the lives of other people. It’s not all hard work though, and there are great opportunities for you to earn vouchers, achieve your Duke of Edinburgh Award and go on youth exchanges - possibly to New York or Spain. So come along and make a difference!
Kelly (20, London W10)

Wlogo for the RBKC Youth Forumhat is the Youth Forum?

The Youth Forum provides opportunities for young people in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to debate, inform and actively participate in the development and improvement of services for young people. This forum is supported by the borough’s Youth Participation Team

Who can be on the Forum?

Any young person aged between 13 and 25 (although the focus of the service is on those aged between 13 and 19) who lives or attends school/college in the borough.

I would recommend that other young people join the Youth Forum because it has made me a more professional person and I also look at life differently.

I have been with the Youth Forum since November 2006, as I feel that I am making a positive contribution to youth services within the borough. I have also been given numerous opportunities to progress in my personal learning. For example, as part of the Youth Forum I was made aware of a coaching course that I was interested in and have now completed.
Sellam 18 (SW5)

What does the Youth Forum do?

The Youth Forum has been involved in a range of activities, including:

  • carrying out research into what young people want from their Council
  • debates about local, national and global youth, democracy and citizenship issues
  • organising local events
  • developing publicity to promote events and services for local young people
  • going on residential trips and international youth exchanges
  • attending conferences and events, including supporting the 2012 bid and UK Youth Parliament
  • being part of the interview panels for employing staff

The Youth Forum helped me with my confidence and speaking out loud. It helped with my vocabulary and has been a learning experience.

I have been a member of the Youth Forum since 2005 and have taken part in police and park consultations, as well as youth exchange programmes. I have completed my Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards and I am currently working towards my Gold Award.

I am now a qualified Peer Educator in Global Rights; which I did through the Youth Forum. Other young people should join the forum so that they get a chance to take part in these opportunities.
Shanika (18, London W10)

How much of my time would I need to give to the Youth Forum?

The Youth Forum meets every two to three weeks on a Friday evening, from 7pm to 9pm.

What will I get out of it?

As an individual, you will gain a whole range of personal and social development skills, including:

  • team working
  • interview skills
  • problem solving
  • public speaking skills
  • accreditation towards nationally recognised awards including the Duke of Edinburgh Award

You may also have opportunities for both national and international travel.

I think anyone who joins the Youth Forum will be exposed to the best the borough has to offer for young people, but not only that, they will be able to bring in other young people to enjoy the privileges and make new friends and gain skills they can use outside the Youth Forum.

I have been a part of the Youth Forum since February 2008 and have been involved in mystery shopping, young people's days out and consultations. I have also had the chance to review the Youth Opportunity Fund applications.

Overall, I have learnt a vast board of skills from public speaking, to minute taking, communication skills and have been accredited for some of my work.
Acie (19, London SW5)

How do I join?

Just complete the form below and the youth forum will be in contact with you.