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Contact: Lyndsey Parnell  Members' Services Officer

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Rebecca, Michelle, Charlie and Holly.


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The minutes were agreed as an accurate record.


Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group

Presentation and Question and Answer session with Emma Whatson from Nottinghamshire North and East Clinical Commissioning Group.


Hazel Buchanon and Emma Whatson from Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group attended the meeting to discuss their work and the transformation of the NHS.


Youth Councillors asked a number of questions, which were answered and the representatives of the Clinical Commissioning Group suggested that they would be interested in having a Youth Councillor act as a Health Champion, to liaise with them and other health organisations.


Health Inspections Update

To provide an update on the health service inspections carried out as part of a mystery shopper project by the members of the Scrutiny Advisory Development Board.


Natelle and former members of the Scrutiny Advisory and Development Board updated the Youth Council on their mystery shopping activities at 200 health services across Nottinghamshire.


The members found that they were disappointed by the services on offer, in general, having found some closed, some not providing the stated services, some unhelpful and some only able to provide leaflets rather than advice.


An evaluation report will be brought to Youth Council in due course and further work may be carried out should this be commissioned by the health service.


Publicising the Youth Council

To discuss:

·        How the Youth Council should be publicised.

·        How the public/ organisations should feed information/issues in to the Youth Council.

·        How the Youth Council should feedback information to the public/organisations.

·        Social Media.


Youth Members discussed how it might be appropriate to publicise the work of the Youth Council.


Suggestions included:

·        Website and posters.

·        An update to local schools, in the form of a presentation, assembly or newsletter.

·        Social Media presence.

·        Coverage in the Nottingham Evening Post.

·        An open day during a half term break where young people from around the Borough can come and talk to Youth Councillors.

·        Youth Councillor surgeries at their schools so that other students can pass on any issues that they might have.

·        A short film or interactive video.

·        Arranging for local services, including the Youth Council, to attend a school assembly or open day event.




Sub-Group Updates

For Sub-Groups to update the Youth Council on their work since the last meeting.


This item will discussed at a future meeting of the Youth Council.


Member of Youth Parliament for Gedling

To discuss the process and timescale for the next election to Youth Parliament and the Make Your Mark campaign.


Sam Sandhu, current Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Gedling, explained the role of the MYP to Youth Councillors and that his term would be ending in March 2015. Sam also discussed the “Make Your Mark” campaign which he is currently working on and asked for input and assistance from Youth Councillor colleagues.


Natelle took expressions of interest for the position of MYP from Youth Councillors, who will receive further information in due course.


The Gedling Conversation

Councillor Henry Wheeler will be attending a Gedling Conversation event on Saturday the 20th September at Mapperley Top. To discuss whether any Youth Councillors might want to attend with him, up to a total of 4.


Councillor Henry Wheeler, Gedling Borough Council, informed Youth Councillors about “Gedling Conversation” events that were taking place across the Borough. Councillor Wheeler invited up to 4 Youth Councillors to attend an event with him to speak to the public about their work.


Lyndsey took expressions of interest and passed further information to those interested in attending.


Social Event

To discuss future team building away day at The Mill Adventure Base.


Further discussion took place to arrange a Youth Council team building event. This is to be arranged by the Youth Service Team from Nottinghamshire County Council.


Youth Service Staffing Changes

To confirm and discuss changes to Youth Service staffing.


Natelle introduced Youth Councillors to Pav, who would be taking over as the Youth Council’s Youth Worker. Pav introduced himself and provided some information about changes to the team at Nottinghamshire County Council.


All in attendance thanked Natelle for her work and wished her luck in the future.


Future Agenda Items

To discuss and timetable future agenda items.


Potential items:


·        Question and Answer session with the Leader, Deputy Leader and Chief Executive of Gedling Borough Council.

Councillor John Clarke, Councillor Michael Payne and John Robinson to take questions from the Youth Council, on any topic.


·        The Make Your Mark Campaign

To discuss the results of the Make Your Mark campaign and how this might influence the work of the Youth Council.


·        Presentation by Healthwatch Nottingham.

Healthwatch Nottingham is an independent organisation that aims to make the public’s views on health and social care services in Nottinghamshire heard. They would like to talk to you about their work and your opinions.


·        Service Area Champions.

To discuss whether you would like to nominate service area champions, these would work on projects and directly with partners. For example, a Champion for the environment might discuss littering issues in a local park with Officers and arrange a clean-up event or a Champion for Health might work with the Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss how best to target services for young people.







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