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Preparing for Adulthood

How to get involved in decision making

There are many ways to make sure your views and thoughts are taken into account and to get involved in decisions that are made about local and national subjects.

You can find information on this page and in the menu on the right hand side of this page. 

Participation team for children with disabilities

Achieving for Children  have a participation team whose job it is to ensure that young people who have a disability are communicated and consulted with effectively. The Participation Team’s role is to make sure that children and young people who have disabilities have the opportunity to give their views about matters that affect them. Their views are taken seriously, respected and acted on.

Participation Team (opens a new window)

Youth Services 

Achieving for Children Youth Sevices offer opportunities to make your opinions heard on the issues that matter to you.

Opportunities include:

  • Richmond Youth Council.
  • Youth Parliament.
  • Youth Scrutiny Panel.
  • Secondary Student Council.
  • Youth Elections.
  • Youth Charter.

Find out more on the Young People's section of this website.

Youth Services Participation (opens a new window)

Involve ( formerly Kingston Learning Disability Parliament and the Quality Checking Service)

The Kingston Learning Disability Parliament is a group of 12 adults with learning disabilities. They have been elected to speak up for all people with learning disabilities living in Kingston. They speak to them to find out what they like, what they want to change and any issues there are. 

Find out more about Involve (opens a new window)

British Youth Council 

The British Youth Council empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. They support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.

Find out more on the British Youth Council website (opens a new window)

U Report

U-Report is a free tool for community participation, designed to address issues that the population cares about. Once a U-Reporter has followed U-Report Global on Facebook messenger polls and alerts are sent via Direct Message and real-time responses are collected and mapped on this site. Results and ideas are shared back with the community. Issues polled include health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, youth unemployment, HIV/AIDS, disease outbreaks and anything else people want to discuss. 

Find out more about *U Report to join an international movement for positive social change.

Visit the U Report website (opens a new window)

*U Report * U-Report is a free program sponsored by UNICEF with help of Network Providers in U-Report Global. U-Report will not ask for any payments nor personal financial information, PLEASE disregard any messages which ask you for payment either on this number or on the Facebook and Twitter pages. All U-Report services (all msg on @UReportGlobal) are free.