East Sussex Youth Cabinet

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The Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) members are young people aged 11 to 18 years old. They are elected to represent the views of young people in East Sussex.

UKYP members also represent views nationally, through the UK Youth Parliament. For example, members join in the annual debate in the House of Commons in London.

How it works

Members of the Youth Cabinet gather the views of young people through surveys and workshops. They communicate these views to decision-makers. They do this to improve young people’s lives and the communities around them.

Members work in partnership with many people, including:

  • decision-makers in East Sussex local authorities
  • the voluntary sector
  • Public Health
  • NHS commissioners
  • Sussex Police
  • schools and colleges
  • relevant private businesses

Projects and campaigns

Recently the Youth Cabinet have worked on projects and campaigns that include:

  • tackling domestic violence
  • protecting the environment
  • knife crime prevention
  • addressing race equality
  • improving transport

As a result of the campaigns we:

  • developed a survey to understand people’s views and opinions on knife crime
  • helped to develop the Schools Race Equality Guidance.
  • helped to develop and launch the 3-iD Card

This ID card also offers young people discounts on some bus services and at many high street stores.

Support for the Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament

The Equality, Participation and Strategic Partnerships team at East Sussex County Council support the Youth Cabinet. They are:

  • Atiya Gourlay: Lead - Equality, Participation and Strategic Partnerships
  • Nic Bryson: Equality and Participation Officer 
  • Ed Peasgood: Participation Worker
  • Aisling Page: Administration Support Officer

Email the team: participation.team@eastsussex.gov.uk

Youth Cabinet elections and members

There is one student place in the Youth Cabinet for every school and college in East Sussex. To become a Youth Cabinet member, your peers in school and college must elect you.

If you would like to get involved and are:

  • home-schooled or
  • in other provision

Email participation.team@eastsussex.gov.uk 

The Youth Cabinet term-of-office runs from December every two years. The next election period is open from September 2023.

Current Youth Cabinet members are:

For Eastbourne

  • Jonah Messer
  • Millie Barrett
  • William Witney

For Hastings and Bexhill

  • Emma Halliday
  • Isabel Reeves
  • Jahan Rajoo
  • Evie Woods
  • Adam Buckley
  • Nell Aschkensay-King
  • Victoria Cybulka
  • Lily Williams
  • Margot Biffin (Deputy)

For Lewes and Coastal

  • Ellen Jones
  • Jesse Kocher
  • Luc Munier
  • Monty Kneath

For Wealden

  • Benjamin Pearce
  • Chloe Haizeldon
  • Jack Blanch-Bebb
  • Owain Roberts

For Seaford

  • Leah Herring
  • Sevyn Vitelli (Deputy)

Email youth.cabinet@eastsussex.gov.uk if you would like to get in touch with a youth cabinet member.

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) elections and members

East Sussex elects three members of the UKYP each year. This takes place through an internal vote within the Youth Cabinet.

Current members of the UK Youth Parliament (MYPs) are:

Eastbourne and Coastal

  • William Witney

Bexhill, Hastings and Upper Rother

  • Lily Williams

Lewes and Wealden

  • Ben Pearce

Email YouthParliament@eastsussex.gov.uk if you wish to contact one of the UKYP members.

Current campaigns

Tackle Domestic Violence

Young people voted for this as the top concern in 2020. The Youth Cabinet took part in a consultation about violence against women and girls. They plan to:

  • lead a schools’ seminar on ‘Protecting young people from harmful sexual behaviours’
  • develop a survey on young people’s views and experiences of domestic violence. This will inform strategy
  • create podcasts around themes of domestic violence for young people, parents and carers

Protecting the Environment

In 2019 Tackling Climate Change won by the biggest margin of any UKYP ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot ever! The Youth Cabinet decided to continue the work already started. They created a toolkit that students can use with their schools. This will challenge and tackle energy usage to:

  • save money
  • stop waste
  • reduce carbon emissions

This year they will:

  • promote the energy toolkit
  • share best practice on climate action
  • lobby local MPs to commit to climate targets
  • support East Sussex local authorities around their environment programmes


If you would like a copy of the minutes of youth cabinet meetings, please email participation.team@eastsussex.gov.uk

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