National Members residential (Delegate leaders)
When is it? Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November 2015
Where is it? Hollowford Centre, Castleton, Hope Valley. Derbyshire, S33 8WB
What is it? National Members meetings are a chance for larger, national members to come together to explore common issues and challenges. They are an opportunity for us to explore with you how you can get the most out of your membership of the British Youth Council (BYC), look at how we can work in partnership with you more closely and share with you the latest developments at BYC.
Based on feedback from our national members, we have introduced this residential meeting to the National Members’ programme, to allow for more in depth training and development for delegate leaders, as well as more opportunity to socialise and network with each other.
What's on the programme? A full programme will be available in due course, but it will include:
- Who are BYC and what do we do
- Guide to the democratic governance that makes sure BYC is governed by young people and led by young people in our membership
- Where we represent you and how
- Our current campaigns
- Key events and activities
- Making the most of your membership
- Getting more than just your delegation involved in BYC
- Networking, socialising and team building activities
Who can attend?
Each of the national member organisations with full membership is entitled to send one young person (aged 16 – 25) free of charge. Ideally, the young person would be the delegate leader from your delegation to the British Youth Council (the young people who attend our events and represent your organisation within British Youth Council, and vice versa).
What is a delegate leader?
- Are aged 25 and under
- Are the main point of contact for British Youth Council, along with the staff member who supports them
- Have a role in coordinating the communication and activities between the wider delegation, the membership organisation as whole, and the British Youth Council
- Would have knowledge of how the membership organisation is structured and how it organises for the British Youth Council (e.g. how delegates are chosen)
- Would have knowledge of the priority policy issues and campaigns within the membership organisation and any relevant democratic structures (e.g. how campaigns are chosen)
Can we send anyone else?
You may also choose to pay to send one additional young person (aged 16 – 25). Staff would not be expected to attend unless supporting individual delegates with additional needs.
How much will it cost?
Each national member organisation with full membership is entitled to send one young person free of charge. There will also be a travel bursary for these delegates outlined below. Places for staff supporting individual delegates with additional needs would also be free of charge and they would be entitled to claim the same travel bursary amount.
You may also choose to pay to send one additional young person. This will cost £80 for the weekend and no travel bursary would be available.
How much is the travel bursary?
Distance travelled between home and venue (one way)
Travel bursary entitlement (per person)
10 – 99 km
€20 / £15
100 - 499 km
€80 / £60
500 - 1999 km
€170 / £120
Is food and drink included?
Yes, full catering from Friday dinner until Sunday lunch is included.
When do I need to register by?
Registration will close on Friday 30th October 2015 at midday.
Can I register spaces now even if I don't know the names of the delegate/s?
Yes, providing that you provide the British Youth Council with the names by Friday 30th October 2015 at midday. Please put ‘Young Person’ in the name space if you are unsure of the names of participants.
If you have any additional questions or queries, please contact Siwan Davies on email@example.com or call 020 7250 8301.
About the venue
The Hollowford Centre is set on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Castleton, Derbyshire in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The Centre is owned by Lindley Educational Trust and using outdoor activities they aim to be a centre of excellence for the development of young people, whether they be from schools, youth groups, apprentices or voluntary organisations.
The Hollowford Centre also provides an extensive range of activities both on and off site. On site, they have a high ropes course, small climbing wall, a large lagoon suitable for raft building and a zip wire overhead, a variety of problem solving team tasks, orienteering, challenge course, low ropes, bushcraft and archery. Off site activities that are offered include canoeing, caving, abseiling, rock scrambling (weaselling), rock climbing, raft building and rafting, hill walking, orienteering and camping.
When & Where
British Youth Council
We empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We 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.