You may have got some great gadgets for Christmas and are now enjoying using them, but please use caution when you’re online.
Following a rise in the reporting of online grooming cases, it’s helpful to be aware of the risks that are involved when gadgets, tablets and smartphones. NSPCC figures show that in 2014/15 ChildLine carried out a total of 378 counselling sessions about online grooming – an increase of 42% on the previous year.
Children who called the service said that they felt trapped...
Wirral residents have until January 29th to make sure their views are heard when decisions are made about the council’s budget.
Next year the council will have to reduce its spending by at least £26 million. It now wants your views on what should take priority when doing it.
You can read the proposals and join the debate by visiting the council’s website, where you are invited to share your ideas on how the council can best deliver services to the public in the months and years ahead. The...
We are creating a brand new Teenwirral.com, and we need your help!
After consulting with young people at youth hubs and schools, the new design is almost ready and we have some great new content ready and waiting.
So what’s next? Well, we just want to check that our menu is clear and that you can find the information that you need easily. To do this we’re using Treejack, which asks our readers to complete a quick online test to check that everything is good to go.
Want to help?
If you can help...
Wirral’s Response service for vulnerable teenagers provided support for over 30 young people facing homelessness over the festive period.
Plus, a partnership with local businesses helped to spread a little Christmas cheer to some of the borough’s most vulnerable young people.
Response works with local partners to ensure access to emergency accommodation, counselling and advice for young people who face homelessness due to problems with their family or related to issues such as relationship...
Want to be a member of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)? It’s now time to send us your manifestos!
We have already told you about the UKYP and why it’s important we get young people in Wirral involved.
Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) stand for one year and get the chance to work with MPs, decision makers and youth groups to highlight the issues that matter to them and their peers.
Here’s how it will work:
Registration – 6th - 31st January. Those who wish to stand will be asked to submit...
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is currently recruiting young people aged 13 -16 to take part in the Fire Cadets Programme, which starts at Wallasey Fire Station, Mill Lane, on 21st January.
The programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to:
· make new friends
· take part in practical firefighting
· help the local community
· gain qualifications
· take part in road safety, water safety and fire safety
· have lots of fun
· take up a challenge
· outdoor pursuits
Time is running...
Wishing you all a great Christmas and a happy New Year!
Our youth hubs and clubs will be open as normal until 23rd December. They will be closed on Christmas Eve and re-open as normal on 4th January.
Bebington Youth Club is having a FREE Christmas party on Monday 21st December - starting at 7pm and finishing at 10pm.
So… have a great Christmas, stay safe, and have fun!
We will see you in 2016 with lots of Teenwirral news – plus the UK Youth Parliament, and a shiny new website!
A reminder… nominations will be opening in the New Year for the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) 2016/17.
Two young people who are resident in Wirral and aged 11-18 on or after 25th February 2016 will be elected to represent the borough in the UKYP. If you are turning 19 before 31st December, unfortunately you won’t be able to stand.
Young people who are aged 11-18 on 23rd February 2016 are entitled to vote in the election process.
Here are the timeframes:
Registration – 5th - 31st...
Construction work has started on Birkenhead’s new youth hub, with help from local young people and the world’s biggest spade!
Scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, the new £6 million hub will be built on Exmouth St, adjacent to the new Fire Station in the centre of Birkenhead. It will be a place where all of Wirral’s young people can reach their full potential, grow their dreams and achieve their goals, and will be a safe and supportive community for them to be themselves.
The Hive will...
Young people tackle democratic deficit
Wirral Met College has hosted an important democracy debate aimed at driving up political engagement among young people.
Following the 2015 general election, polling organisation IPSOS Mori said that people aged 18-24 were only half as likely to vote as those over 65.
Just 44% of young people aged 18-24 voted in the election, compared to 76% of the over 65s.
Cllr Phil Davies, the Leader of Wirral Council, met pupils from the college at the Twelve Quays...