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Youth Forum news

  • Welcome new members
  • ‘Elephant in the Room’ update
  • Get in touch
  • Sign up to Belfast Youth Forum emails
  • Our vision

    An equal and just Belfast for all young people.

    Welcome new members

    In September 2018 we welcomed 40 new young people to the 2018-2020 Belfast Youth Forum.

    Our members were recruited in June 2018 and will spend the next two years carrying out their duties for the Youth Forum including running campaigns, representing young people’s voices and lobbing decision makers.

    ‘Elephant in the Room’ update

    Elephant in the Room (EITR) is a regional youth-led mental health campaign organised by young people from Belfast Youth Forum, NI Youth Forum and Children’s Law Centre.

    As part of the campaign, the young people have developed the “Elephant in the Room” report which they presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s all party working groups on children and young people and Mental Health. 

    To develop the report, the young people carried out surveys and focus groups with 1,200 young people across Northern Ireland to provide information which explores:

    • young people’s opinions on mental health and their ability to speak about it
    • where young people go to receive mental health information and support
    • what actions young people think our government should take to promote positive mental health and wellbeing and support young people on their mental health journeys.

    Read the report exploring young people’s awareness of mental health in Northern Ireland.

    Get in touch

    As a decision maker within our council we would appreciate any opportunity to meet and discuss our work, especially if it can influence policy and council decisions that impact young people’s lives.

    If you’d ever like to meet some of us for a chat or to find out more about our work, you can contact our Youth Forum worker, Áine Hargey, and she will help arrange this. 

    You can email Áine at hargeya@belfastcity.gov.uk or call on 028 9050 0521.

    Sign up to Belfast Youth Forum emails

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    Contact us
    City and Neighbourhood Services
    028 9032 0202 ext 3595
    Belfast City Council
    Cecil Ward Building
    4-10 Linenhall Street
    Belfast
    BT2 8BP