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Herts Pride

On the 31st August the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council got to attend and run a stall at Herts Pride. We arrived early at 10:00am to set up everything and make sure we were prepared for the busy day ahead!

Our stall was a game called guess the flag which informed people about different identities within the LGBTQ+ community. The aim of the game was to match each definition with its corresponding flag. If anyone didn’t know what a flag meant, we would explain to them in order to educate people about the vast community!

On our stall, we got to promote our Youth Council as well as inform people on what we do. We asked people if they lived in Welwyn or Hatfield and if they had heard about our Youth Council. There seemed to be quite a lot of interest so fingers crossed we will gain a few new members from the event! So, our stall was a great way of advertising our Youth Council as well as raising awareness and helping people understand more about LGBTQ+!

It was the most wonderful day and it felt amazing to be there for the community!


Career Day at Bishops’

On Friday 7th June, year 9 at Bishops’ Hatfield Girls’ School had a whole day off timetable, dedicated to finding about options after GCSEs and potential job options.

There were many interactive activities arranged for us throughout the day. One of these was taking a test brought by Computacenter UK. Through this test we were able to see which jobs we may be interested in based on our personality. I found this interesting because I learned about jobs I hadn’t heard of or considered to be an option in the future.

As we are about to start our GCSEs, our options after GCSEs are important to know about. We heard about the benefits and the different work we would do at either college, sixth form or in an apprenticeship.

Another topic the day focused on was work experience. As in year 10 we will do work experience, we thought about the places we could work and why work experience is important. We learned how work experience helps us to develop key skills needed in a job, such as problem solving and time management.

We also were able to learn about the etiquette that should be used in job interviews as well as how to write a CV. This was an engaging topic because whilst we learn in school about the qualifications we need to get a job, we rarely are taught how to present ourselves to future employers

This day was beneficial to me because soon I will have to consider career options and the education I want after I take my GCSEs. I enjoyed the way the day was set out as we didn’t have to listen to a person speak about our futures for the whole day and were involved in activities. I think all schools should have a day similar to this where students can reflect on what they want to do in the future.

_ Jasmine Lidher

“Earths Fate is in Your Hands”

Mural created by Maria, the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council and children in WGC. We wrote down pledges of things we will do to help save the environment.

Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council made an appearance at the Welwyn Garden City Environment Day in April. Two of the members took to the spotlight shortly after Greenpeace speaker (Lisa Thompson) to deliver a short speech about why the environment has become one of their recent priorities.

Jasmine’s Transcript on Sea Pollution:

“In 2016, 9 out of 10 people agreed it is important for politicians to take care of wildlife and the environment.
Also in 2016 a survey revealed that two thirds of people aged 16-34 think the environment is a top voting priority for them.
As a Youth Council It is so vital that we promote protecting our environment because we believe as people living on the earth it is our responsibility to conserve the environment we’re living in.
Changes in temperature from increased energy consumption can seriously affect our health due to a rise of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere.
Polluted air can irritate people with asthmas and cause long term lung problems for future generations.
Additionally greenhouse gasses have slashed holes in the ozone layer. This is the outer layer of gasses which protect the earth from the suns heat. And this broken o-zone layer leads to a dangerously high risk exposure to the sun.
This means people are at a higher risk of skin cancer, cataracts and sunburn.
Plastic also is a massive issue for our environment. This toxic material has made its way into fragile ecosystems such as our oceans, breaking down into non-biodegradable micro-plastics which if consumed by animals is fatal.
If we all are to slow to make these changes in our lives to cut out day to day activities which involve being unsustainable we will make this world inhabitable. ” – Jasmine (Youth Councillor)

Nehal/Laura’s Transcript:

“We have been with the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council for a year and we have only recently taken on the Environment and Climate Change as a priority.
This is because only now realising how important it is to look after our planet.
As a youth council, and as a young person, we share a growing concern that we are ruining our future planet due to the inactions of the previous generations.
As a youth council we plan to campaign, talk and share the word about our changing environment in hope that people, young and old, will realise that we can’t keep going on as we are.
I personally think that every single person in this world needs to play an equal part in saving the environment as it will impact us – young people, the most.
If we all agree to make small changes in our day to day life we can really make a big difference.
If we all work together we can change the world for good, and it’s not too late. With the encouragement and support of more and more people we can make this possible.
The scientists are ringing the alarms about climate change, and so are we.
If anyone would like to know more about how to join the youth council please come talk to me or another youth councillor in a purple top.
Thanks for listening. ” Nehal & Laura (Youth Councillors)