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What is W.A.Y.?

The Western Assembly of Youth (W.A.Y.) is part of the Suffolk Assembly of Youth. It is the West Suffolk young people’s platform created to give a voice to West Suffolk young people. W.A.Y. is for youth, with youth and by youth!

W.A.Y. covers Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall, Brandon and Newmarket and is intended to enable young people to work together and tackle issues that have an impact on young lives in their communities.

All members can have their say on the topics that matter to them locally, creating a mechanism to work alongside elected members and be part of the discussion. W.A.Y. gives young people the opportunity to attend and take ideas to meetings and come together and unite as One Voice to make change happen. 

W.A.Y. has a connection to the UKYP (UK Youth Parliament) and aims to support the movement for young people to have a voice

W.A.Y. believes in the words of Barack Obama, “Yes we can!”

Yes, we can have a voice, yes, we can stand up and make a difference and yes, we can bring change!

What is W.A.Y.?

The Western Assembly of Youth (W.A.Y.) is part of the Suffolk Assembly of Youth. It is the West Suffolk young people’s platform created to give a voice to West Suffolk young people. W.A.Y. is for youth, with youth and by youth!

W.A.Y. covers Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall, Brandon and Newmarket and is intended to enable young people to work together and tackle issues that have an impact on young lives in their communities.

All members can have their say on the topics that matter to them locally, creating a mechanism to work alongside elected members and be part of the discussion. W.A.Y. gives young people the opportunity to attend and take ideas to meetings and come together and unite as One Voice to make change happen. 

W.A.Y. has a connection to the UKYP (UK Youth Parliament) and aims to support the movement for young people to have a voice

W.A.Y. believes in the words of Barack Obama, “Yes we can!”

Yes, we can have a voice, yes, we can stand up and make a difference and yes, we can bring change!

The story so far

  • An initial survey conducted by Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds discovered that (along with having more places to socialise and environmental issues) ‘opportunities to have their say’ was one of the things that mattered most to young people at their school. 
  • The Western Assembly of Youth was born! The name was changed from West Suffolk Voices to Western Assembly of Youth (W.A.Y.)
  • Castle Manor and Samuel Ward Academies are now actively involved in W.A.Y.
  • A W.A.Y. meeting was held in Haverhill on 19th September 2019 where the council’s structure and election dates were decided.
  • Schools will be holding elections and selecting their representatives in early November – a maximum of 3 from each school!
  • To be selected for W.A.Y. candidates need to be ‘the best representatives of the views of their communities’ rather than representatives of their school.

Progress in 2019

  • Newly elected WAY reps were invited along to their first meeting where elections took place for a whole range of roles including; environment, well-being, transport, leisure, culture & community.
  • WAY was on the look out for someone to run their social media – news on the WAY instagram account coming soon!
  • Follow the progress of the 2019 campaign to end knife crime ‘Make Your Mark’  here.

2020 update

  • WAY have invited Stour Valley to the first meeting in 2020 and will also be extending the invites out to a couple of other high schools.
  • WAY Chair and Co-Chair met with West Suffolk Police Commander to discuss police interaction with young people, and to explore a working practice together.
  • WAY Chair and Co-Chair met with the Chair of West Suffolk Council to explore opportunities for working alongside the District Council.
  • The WAY group will be supporting the Youth Parliament elections this time round having worked with the Engagement Hub at Suffolk County Council.
  • The aims of this year are to bring the newly elected representatives (environment, well-being, transport, leisure, culture & community) up to speed and work across West Suffolk to promote wellbeing.

The story so far…

  • An initial survey conducted by Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds discovered that (along with having more places to socialise and environmental issues) ‘opportunities to have their say’ was one of the things that mattered most to young people at their school. 
  • The Western Assembly of Youth was born! The name was changed from West Suffolk Voices to Western Assembly of Youth (W.A.Y.)
  • Castle Manor and Samuel Ward Academies are now actively involved in W.A.Y.
  • A W.A.Y. meeting was held in Haverhill on 19th September 2019 where the council’s structure and election dates were decided.
  • Schools will be holding elections and selecting their representatives in early November – a maximum of 3 from each school!
  • To be selected for W.A.Y. candidates need to be ‘the best representatives of the views of their communities’ rather than representatives of their school.

Progress in 2019

  • Newly elected WAY reps were invited along to their first meeting where elections took place for a whole range of roles including; environment, well-being, transport, leisure, culture & community.
  • WAY was on the look out for someone to run their social media – news on the WAY instagram account coming soon!
  • Follow the progress of the 2019 campaign to end knife crime ‘Make Your Mark’  here.

2020 update

  • WAY have invited Stour Valley to the first meeting in 2020 and will also be extending the invites out to a couple of other high schools.
  • WAY Chair and Co-Chair met with West Suffolk Police Commander to discuss police interaction with young people, and to explore a working practice together.
  • WAY Chair and Co-Chair met with the Chair of West Suffolk Council to explore opportunities for working alongside the District Council.
  • The WAY group will be supporting the Youth Parliament elections this time round having worked with the Engagement Hub at Suffolk County Council.
  • The aims of this year are to bring the newly elected representatives (environment, well-being, transport, leisure, culture & community) up to speed and work across West Suffolk to promote wellbeing.

Suffolk Assembly of Youth (S.A.Y.)

S.A.Y. is a platform which brings together young people across Suffolk, both on-line and through workshops and events, to make their voices heard and influence those who make decisions about services and support for young people. 

Across Suffolk the things that have been identified as most important to young people right now are; things to do, places to go, emotional well-being & support, feeling safe, the environment, transport and support for life after school.

You can find out about the Suffolk Assembly of Youth via the Source website:

https://www.thesource.me.uk/say

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is run by young people for young people and enables 11-18 year olds to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better & bring about social change.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are there to represent young people at a local and national level – they work closely with W.A.Y.!

Recent work has included Make Your Mark – a UK wide youth ballot where young people get to decide what the UKYP top campaign priority should be for the year. MYPs work together to decide which 10 topics go on the ballot paper.

This year ‘protect the environment’ came out as the top priority: www.thesource.me.uk/environment

You can find out more about the Youth Parliament and their activities here: www.thesource.me.uk/ukyp

NEWS UPDATE >>

The Western area has recently elected new members Toby Birch and, his deputy, Millie Ball. Watch the video below to hear more about their priorities, find out how to get in touch and how to follow them on social media!

The Young Person’s Network

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are twice as likely to be bullied as their peers.

The Young Person’s Network, including young people from Haverhill’s Churchill School, have been voicing their opinions about the services and support they receive and the things they feel strongly about.

As a result eight champions from the Suffolk Young Person’s Network co-produced the hard-hitting ‘Stop the Hate’ video to raise awareness of hate crime.

In it, the youngsters talk about their personal experiences of being abused in public simply for being different, and how it has affected them.

You might already have seen it in school, but incase you haven’t have a watch:

#BeNice #BeKind #StopTheHate

SEND YPN logo

If you’d like to find out more about the Churchill School, a special free school on the Samuel Ward Academy site described as ‘a unique environment which caters for pupils aged between 8 and 18’, have a look at these fab videos made by Churchill School students: