Youth Board

Update 14th Dec 2021

Thanks to everyone that came to our first meeting last week, you were all so brilliantly articulate and it was very interesting to hear your thoughts on the issues within your schools. We have taken your thoughts on board and are working on setting up projects to remedy some of the issues that were talked about last week.

Our next planned event is going to be a fun one! By vote of our youth board members, we have decided to go for an after school social to laser tag on the week commencing 17th January. We will have a short meeting (with snacks) and then a game of laser tag.

Please sign up by completing this form https://bit.ly/3EXJBoe.

Until then, we hope you all have a great holiday season, and we can’t wait to see you in the new year!


Update 10th Nov 2021-

We are really proud in Norwich to have a very strong Youth Board working closely with the main programme to ensure that the voice of young people influences the work of the Opportunity Area.

We are looking for new members to join our Youth Board with a range of new projects and opportunities to be involved in. We are looking for young people who want to make a difference in their school or local community.

We are proud to be working in partnership with Norwich City Council & Norwich Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) to ensure youth voice is included in the Norwich 2040 City Vision.

The first project for the Youth Board is to review the Norwich 2040 City Vision. This will be the focus of our first few meetings: Tuesday 30th November, 4.30-6pm @ The Forum and Tuesday 7th December, 4.30-6pm ONLINE. Find out more here – https://norwichopportunityarea.co.uk/2040-youth-board/

Our first Norwich Opportunity Area project ideas meeting is planned for Wednesday 8th December: 4.30-6pm (Shoebox Hub, Castle Meadow, Norwich).

If you are interested in attending, please fill out an event registration form here

We are delighted to have a new Youth Board Administrator join the Norwich Opportunity Area team who would be happy to speak with anyone about how to get involved with the Youth Board – contact Jan: jan.shelley@norfolk.gov.uk.

See more in our latest blog post here – https://norwichopportunityarea.co.uk/blog/

We are very keen to ensure that our Youth Board represents young people from across our schools and colleges, as well as local youth groups and alternative provision.

If you are happy to support the Youth Board project this is what we are looking for …

Share this letter with any young people you think would make great youth board members and encourage them to sign up.

Share messages with young people/parents via your social media.

Offer Jan an invite to come in and speak with any of your pupils who would be keen to find out more (in real life or virtually)


In September 2018, the Youth Board hosted a celebration event to recognise the work of the wide range of partners and stakeholders across Norwich that have contributed to the work of the Opportunity Area.  They were invited in October to Westminster to  represent young people in Opportunity Areas across England, delivering a speech to ministers highlighting the challenges young people face.

The Youth Board designed and commissioned a project, led by The Hewett Academy, to support parents whose first language is not English with language and employability workshops, alongside a creativity and resilience programme for their children.  The Partnership Board agreed to extend this project given it’s success.

The Youth Board planned a project to visit schools in areas with high social mobility to look at good practice and feed back different approaches. In March 2019, 35 Norwich students from Year 7 to 12 took part in a trip to Southend-on-Sea to investigate the seaside town’s rapid rise in social mobility since 2016. See more here.

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