Cooking Masterclass at DSTC

By Ricky, Secretary

Supported by the community chef, Dartford Youth Councillors had a go at making their very own sweet and sour chicken noodles!

Chef demonstrating how to make the sweet and sour base for the sweet and sour stir-fry – Credit: David, Web Admin

It was a great dish for all of the youth councillors to cook as we all had a different ability level in cooking.

Chairman Omolayo cooking the rice noodles! – Credit: David, Web Admin

After making the food, we had the opportunity to eat.

Yum, yum!

Try Angle Awards 2018

By Ricky, Secretary

Some of Dartford’s most inspirational young people were presented with a range of awards from a project by Kent County Council at the Bridge 4 Young People.

The Bridge 4 Young People is a youth hub where young people can socialise, and have fun! They have a wide range of activities such as the Dartford Music Hub from Kent Music, and more.

They have an art and music studio where young people can make use of the wide range of facilities such as the pianos and electric guitars.

Dartford Youth Councillors who were also volunteers for the youth hub helped out with the awards ceremony.

Dartford Youth Councillors along with other young volunteers helped out with the awards ceremony – Credit: Zoe Harris, Youth Hub Delivery Manager


The nomination process took place during the summer, and judges decided who would be the winner of each category, such as Music and Art.

Category Winner
Arts Andy Underwood, Swanscombe
Music Ricky Taing, Dartford
Community action Nana Afriyie, Dartford
Good friends and young carers Hannah Saxby, Swanscombe
Personal development Matthew Dawe, Dartford
Courage Emily Fowler, Dartford
Positive intervention Joshua Kilembeka, Dartford

After the ceremony, the district winners will be notified if they have reached the Spirit of Try Angle Awards final.

Service of Remembrance

By Ricky, Secretary

100 years ago marked the end of the First World War which killed over 40 million people. Today, Dartford Youth Councillors, as well as representatives from other organisations, paraded and presented a wreath at the annual Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial at Central Park.

Other youth organisations and groups such as the Sea Cadets Corps and the Air Training Corps attended the service and paraded around Dartford with the youth council.

Various dignitaries attended such as the Mayor of Dartford Cllr David Mote, Gareth Johnson MP, Cllr Ann Allen MBE, Headmaster of Dartford Grammar School John Oakes, and the Leader of Dartford Borough Council Cllr Jeremy Kite MBE.

Music was performed by the Bexleyheath Branch of the Salvation Army and the choir of Holy Trinity Church, Dartford with prayers given from the Reverend Andrew Avery.


Elections 2018-2019

By Ricky, Secretary

Dartford Youth Council elected its new Executive Committee to serve from 2018-19, with a great number of candidates for the various positions.

Dartford Youth Council’s Executive Committee with the other youth councillors in the October Monthly Council Meeting – Credit: Toju, Web Administrator

We welcomed a number of students from new schools such as the Leigh Academy and Wilmington Academy. The candidates running for a position all had their speech, and they were voted democratically by the youth council and staff as a whole.

We welcomed Toju Uweja, David Martin Garcia, Princess and Danielle into the Executive Committee for the first time, as well as some members who were re-elected including myself holding the post of Secretary, Omolayo Oluwadare, now as Chairman and Thomas Gebbett, now as Vice Chair.

We must still give thanks to all of the candidates who were not successful, as well as those who have moved on to further education or left to pursue their careers.

The Dartford Youth Council team of 2017-18 – Credit: Joshua Grills, Former Vice Chairman (2017-18) and Web Administrator (2016-17)

Dartford Youth Council thanks Matthew D’Costa, Joshua Grills, James Rolls and Tsemaye for serving the Executive Committee from the previous academic year.

vInspired Awards

By Ricky, Secretary

The vInspired Awards are a set of nationally-recognised prestigious awards for volunteers. The award scheme is extremely flexible so it can account for your needs.

The initiative has four awards: the v10 for ten hours of volunteering, v30, v50 and ultimately, the v100. Their intuitive website allows you to record your volunteering progress as you add your hours, with graphic evidence to support your records.

Moreover, the website provides a function for you to find the closest volunteering opportunities, as well as match your favourite recreational hobbies to what roles would fit you.

Personally, I gained my v50 and v100 through my work with the Dartford Youth Council by managing and participating in various events such as the Dartford Festival.

I’ve cherished gaining the awards, as this is something credible that I can place on my CV, personal statement, and it’ll help me in the near future as it contributes through UCAS points.

I wholeheartedly recommend any young volunteers to participate in this credible scheme, as it is free, and most importantly, is a credible point to have on documents when you apply for jobs in the real world.

Poppy selling in Dartford

By Tsemaye, Web Admin

In November 2017, DYC teamed up with the Dartford Branch for the British Legion to support the Poppy Appeal. Over three Saturdays we went out in the town centre to collect donations for the Poppy Appeal in the Orchards, Priory and Prospect Place Shopping Centre. Overall, it was a fantastic experience and we got to meet the fantastic members of the Dartford community which made the event such a huge success. We finished off the effort at the Dartford Remembrance Day Parade in the park in a humbling service were various youth groups along with members of the community payed their respects to the soldiers who form a fundamental part of Dartford’s history. Thank you to all of you who donated to the appeal – you make Dartford proud!

Elections 2017-2018

By Ricky Taing, Secretary

The new academic year is a time for us to celebrate our past achievements, as well as making new prospective aims for the wider borough of Dartford.

The Dartford Youth Council team of 2017.

Dartford Youth Council welcomed some new members from Dartford Grammar School and Dartford Grammar School for Girls. Dartford Youth Council Executive Team candidates each said their speech, and all DYC members had the opportunity to vote for their desired candidate.

The New Executive Committee – Credit: Joshua, Vice Chairman

We welcomed James Rolls, Thomas Gebbett and Tse Uweja into the Executive Committee for the first time, as well as some members who were re-elected including Matthew D’Costa, Joshua Grills, Ricky Taing, Omolayo Oluwadare.

Shortly after the elections, members of DYC enjoyed the Dartford Youth Council Prize-Giving Ceremony with awards and certificates presented by Councillor Ann Allen.

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Press Coverage

Schoolboys elected to UK Youth Parliament (from Kent Online) 5th May 2021

Dartford Youth Council raise £325 as part of festive fundraising walk for ellenor (from Dartford Living Online) 20th January 2021

Teens walk see funds soar (from Kent Online) 15th January 2021

Dartford Youth Council announced as county finalists at ‘The Spirit of Try Angle Awards’ (from Dartford Living Online) 5th February 2020

Youth Council holds leadership elections (from DGSChapter) 15th January 2018

Dartford Youth Councillors visit care home in Wilmington (from DGSChapter) 22nd August 2017

Dartford Youth Council’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ (from This Is Local London) 8th January 2016

Dartford Youth Council looking for new members from schools and youth groups (from Gravesend Reporter) 17th September 2015

Dartford Youth Council visits the graves of First World War soldiers (from Kent Online) 1st September 2014

Dartford Youth Council: A Place to Make A Difference (from News Shopper) 16th November 2012

Teen poll leaves mark on council (from BBC News) 7th April 2005