We meet as a whole council once a fortnight. As well as this we have subgroups, which carry out the bulk of the work we do. The Subgroups focus on a range of issues from Conflict Minerals to Mental Health and members of the council can choose what Subgroups they wish to be a part of. Each Subgroup has a chair who is elected either as the subgroup is established or at the annual September elections.
Between May and October 2015, 12 members of SAYC completed the Royal Society of Public Health Youth Health Champions (RSPH YHC) course. This course is a level 2 qualification and was delivered by Debi Roberts from Youth Connexions. The aim of the course is to train young people to become health advisors to their peers; we were educated on the causes and impacts of poor health, services available to young people and the effects of alcohol misuse. A key element of the course was that each YHC had to research, prepare and deliver a peer message surrounding a health issue that effects young people. The peer messages given by the SAYC YHCs include: the dangers of drink spiking, how to deal with exam stress and a presentation on sexual education. This qualification helps us to sign post our peers to services and advise. It has supported and reinforced our work in the mental health subgroup as well as encouraging us to begin looking into how PSHEE is taught in schools.
At many of our events over the years we have asked young people to write a message to their younger selves. We've collected hundreds of messages, typed them up on a typewriter, taken some artistic photos, and are now sharing them globally for others to take inspiration from.
Over the last few years, St Albans Youth Council and Redbourn Parish Youth Council have run a Christmas Tea for the elderly members of Redbourn Care Group. The Redbourn Parish kindly give us their church hall and it is transformed into a Christmas Party with musical entertainment, colourful decorations and mice pies! This fantastic event is always a highlight in our calendar and we would be grateful if anyone could give up a couple of hours on the 4th of December to help out. Please contact us for more information or to get involved.