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Bedfordshire Youth Council welcomes more young people after successful launch
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, launched a new partnership group, called the Bedfordshire Youth Council (BYC), last month (August), which work to ensure that the voices of young people are heard, understood and responded to in this county.

The BYC uses an online forum, solely held on Instagram, which allows young people from across Bedfordshire to get involved with the work of BYC remotely and have as much or as little interaction as they want, but will ensure that the work of the group is accessible for all.

This month sees ‘Know Your Rights’ as the first in a series of topics to help the young people across Bedfordshire be more aware of policies, protocols and campaigns. Att10tive has been working closely with the BYC to create images which are posted throughout the month around the chosen topic. The BYC has already started to gain followers from across the county and has benefited from their engagement to see what they would like to discuss or learn more about.

“We listened to young people and acted on their guidance by moving the BYC to an online platform only. Sharing key information with young people through a mechanism they not only understand but develop themselves is important to me.  I have been impressed with the work from the first group of young people and I can’t wait to see what they and others do next. I hope the young people across Bedfordshire will be encouraged to be a part of this,” said Commissioner Holloway.

The BYC is calling upon young people and youth groups from across Bedfordshire to work on future topics and areas of focus. Each series will require a minimum of nine images or posters which will be published on the Instagram account, @bedsyouthcouncil.

Following the completion of the series, contributors will be awarded with a certificate from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, expressing her thanks for supporting and contributing to the work of the Bedfordshire Youth Council and a donation of £500 towards the work that their group does in the community.

The BYC is also working to encourage young people from across Bedfordshire to take part and have their say in Commissioner Holloway’s ‘100 conversations’ project with the African-Caribbean community.
To read more about the ‘100 conversations’ click here.

For more information and how to get involved with the Bedfordshire Youth Council, please visit the OPCC website: https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/general.php?id=298

For the Bedfordshire Youth Council (BYC) Instagram page, visit here: https://www.instagram.com/bedsyouthcouncil/