National Children's Bureau

Young NCB: empowering children’s voices

More children and young people deserve the chance to speak and act on their experiences and concerns – with your support we can grow Young NCB to do just that.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (258825)

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£6,150

Donations

72

Championed by The Childhood Trust

  • I’ve used my voice to make a real difference to young people’s lives. A big achievement was being part of Young NCB’s ‘Is School Preparing You for Life?’ campaign, which resulted in financial education being made compulsory at school.

    — Priyanka Jeyashanker, Young NCB Member

  • At each meeting I feel safe and my opinion is always valued. Without Young NCB, I’d still be sitting at home thinking I could never make a difference. Now I know differently. Now I know I am able to change the world. I know that young people's voices are heard and can make a difference.

    — Bethan, a Young NCB member who gave inquiry evidence about Social Media and Mental Health

Situation

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) works to champion the rights of children and young people across the UK through research, influencing policy, and running programmes. Today, the challenge is greater than ever. In an age of austerity, we’ve witnessed funding for children’s services cut by half; with a devastating impact on young lives. Children deserve to be able to use their voices to build a better childhood for themselves and their peers.

Solution

We support children to take their voices from the playground to Parliament through our membership group Young NCB. Young NCB are involved in our research and campaigns, and even speak directly to the politicians who make decisions about their lives. We currently have 230 Young NCB members, with backgrounds and experiences including children with disabilities, children in care, LGBT young people, and young carers. We want to strengthen and expand this group to best represent children in the UK.