Visiting Gardenia House

By Ricky, Public Relations Officer

Five Dartford Youth Council members visited a care home in Wilmington to talk to elderly members of the community and participate in various activities.

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We talked about their past and they shared their life experiences with us. It was really interesting to find out how technology has really revolutionised life! We spoke to a 95-year-old lady who enjoyed watching the television quiz shows The Chase and Eggheads and it was interesting to see how many of us had similar interests.

We also sang some traditional music (we joined in where we could!) and we also joined the beat on percussion instruments. Overall, we really enjoyed the experience and would like to visit them again sometime soon.

Dartford Festival 2017

Members of DYC volunteered at the Dartford Festival 2017, preparing and serving fresh and healthy smoothies. We had a smoothie bike which you would pedal to blend the smoothie as part of our Healthy Living outreach. A massive thank you to everyone who helped out at the Dartford Festival!

Our Work

We like to get involved with activities in Dartford and help wherever we can! In the past we have…

2020-2021

  • Chairman Ricky was invited to represent the Dartford Youth Council at Dartford Borough Council’s Remembrance Service (November 2020) watch here
  • Newly elected Chairman Ricky hosts inaugural meeting welcoming new execs Sanya and Thomas along with returning members Funto, Isobel and Zapran (October 2020) read more
  • Introduced a new recruitment drive inviting schools to elect new members including a revised ‘welcome’ video and letter (September 2020) watch here

2019-2020

  • Chairman and Vice Chairman Princess and Ricky attended the UK Young Mayors’ Group inaugural meeting (July 2020)
  • Vice Chairman Ricky was invited as a international delegate for the Youth Parliament of Pakistan’s International Youth Parliamentary Conference to discuss the role of young people during the pandemic (June 2020) read more
  • Chairman and Dartford Youth Councillor Princess and Sanya volunteered at Dartford’s Santa House as part of Dartford Borough Council’s festive events (December 2019) read more
  • Elected a new Executive Committee with returning execs Princess, Ricky, Danielle and Toju and new execs Zapran, Isobel and Babafunto (November 2019) read more
  • Collected a Spirit of Try Angle Award for Community Action (October 2019) read more

2018-2019

  • Secretary Ricky was invited to perform at the Chairman of Kent County Council’s Civic Ceremony at County Hall (June 2019) read more
  • Dartford Youth Councillors Kristi and Holly volunteered with the Bridge for Young People’s Dartford District Try Angle Awards ceremony (November 2018)
  • We participated in an exciting cooking course at Dartford Science & Technology College (November 2018)
  • Attended the annual Remembrance Service in Dartford and paraded in the town centre (November 2018)
  • Elected a new Executive Committee with returning execs Ricky, Tom and Omolayo and new execs Princess, David and Toju (October 2018)

2017-2018

  • Dartford Youth Councillors enjoyed a trip to Ypres (July 2018) read more
  • Supported the Dartford Poppy Appeal by collecting donations in the town center (November 2017)
  • Elected the new Executive Committee with returning execs Joshua, Ricky and Matthew with new execs Omolayo, James, Tsemaye and Tom (October 2017)
  • Visited our friends at the Gardenia House (August 2017)

2015-2017

  • Helped out at the Dartford Festival (July 2017)
  • Helped out with Salvation Army, Dartford (December 2016)
  • Sang carols and played Christmas music to elderly people in Gardenia House (2016)
  • Elected a new Executive Committee (October 2016)
  • Raise money for Sport Relief with Dartford Harriers by running the three legged race and face painting. (2016)
  • Participated in a Swattenden Residential Course with various activities like rock climbing (2016)
  • Launch our support network. (2016)
  • Complete a first aid training course. (2016)
  • Raised funds for Comic Relief with face-painting, biscuit-decorating and games (2015)
  • Launched our own ‘Make Dartford Happy’ campaign and visited older people in a residential home for tea and a chat (2015)
  • Helped to distribute programmes and ran a stall at the Dartford Festival (2015)
  • Visited the Houses of Parliament (2015)

Singing at Gardenia House

After our visit to Salvation Army, we had lunch and then went to Gardenia House, a residential home for elderly people. We performed a range of Christmas carols and some modern Christmas song arrangements.  We must thank Ricky for conducting, playing the flute and ukulele for the event as well as Babafunto for his excellent guitar playing in Silent Night. Many thanks must also go to the percussionists, which gave the singers a beat and gave a wider range of timbres that made the singing exciting. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed singing at Gardenia House, and it was an inspirational experience!

Executive Committee

The Dartford Youth Council’s Executive Committee is a group of seven young people who are elected by our members in the first Monthly Meeting each year. As the Dartford Youth Council’s lead representatives they hold specific leadership roles and lead the team in meetings and projects.

Our current 2020-21 Executive Committee consists of:


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Ricky Taing

CHAIRMAN

Having previously held the positions of Vice Chairman, Secretary and Public Relations Officer in the Youth Council, Ricky has been a long-serving member having joined in 2015. He is passionate about youth activism, and also serves an an ambassador to The RACE Network.

He manages a team of thirty students at his school journalism society at Dartford Grammar School, having interviewed Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP, Former Commander of the ISS Chris Hadfield as well as other notable names.

As a student of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music’s Junior Department, Ricky is passionate about music and he currently plays with the National Youth Concert Band of Great Britain, English Schools’ Orchestra among other Kent and Medway county youth ensembles.

In January 2019, Ricky was selected to attend the Spirit of Try Angle Awards Ceremony at the Ashford International Hotel to receive a county award for his contributions to music following a district award at the Bridge 4 Young People.

To invite the Chairman to an event (e.g. annual dinner), please get in touch with our Facilitator: elaine.henson@dartford.gov.uk

Get in touch: chairman@dartfordyouthcouncil.com


Zapran Carlsson

VICE CHAIR

Zapran is currently a student at Dartford Grammar School studying towards his International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Having served on the youth council since 2018, he has enjoyed participating in events such as the Dartford Festival and Dartford Remembrance Service as well as other fundraising events.

He has a passion for music, having toured to Dartford’s twin town, Hanau, performing on the double bass in the DGS and DGGS Symphony Orchestra at their 50th Anniversary Concert welcoming the Deputy Mayor, as well as other notable dignitaries.

To invite the Vice Chair to an event (e.g. annual dinner), please get in touch with our Facilitator: elaine.henson@dartford.gov.uk

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com


Sanya Sunil

SECRETARY

Sanya is currently studying her A-levels in Economics, Maths and Politics and serves as the Deputy House Captain at her school. This year, Sanya aims to support the executive committee as much as possible and assist in any tasks needed.

She believes in recruiting more members to increase the representation of the youth council allowing for more consideration of young people from various schools.

In her free time, Sanya enjoys singing at her church as well as drawing.

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com


Folabomi Ojo

TREASURER

To be updated…

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com

Isobel Ibronike

WEB ADMIN

Isobel is currently studying A-levels in Computer Science, Physics and Maths. At her school, she is a Computer Science Prefect and a STEM leader.

Outside of Dartford Youth Council, Isobel also volunteers as a young leader at a GirlGuides group.

This year, Isobel is aiming to raise the profile of Dartford Youth Council, and increase our engage with the community. Her highlight so far with the youth council was volunteering with the Refocus Project.

In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, reading books, hanging out with her friends and watching Netflix.

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com


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Thomas Gebbett

PR OFFICER

To be updated…

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com


Babafunto Ojo

EVENTS OFFICER

Babafunto Ojo is a Year 13 student at Dartford Grammar School for Boys, currently serving as a Wilson House Senior Prefect, and prides himself in helping to realise a positive change in our community.

In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, reading books and teaching music. He is currently a guitar music tutor, and takes pleasure in imparting his skills to others.

He is a passionate and enthusiastic individual, and is always keen and very willing to learn new skills that will not only benefit himself, but also the people around him. He has a creative mind when taking on a new project, and is always up for new challenges when they come.

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com


2020-21

The Dartford Youth Council’s first meeting, held digitally
ChairmanRicky Taing
Vice ChairZapran Carlsson
SecretarySanya Sunil
TreasurerFolabomi Ojo
Web AdministratorIsobel Ibironke
PR OfficerThomas Gebbett
Events OfficerBabafunto Ojo

2019-20

The Dartford Youth Council team of 2019-20
ChairmanPrincess Nwafor
Vice ChairRicky Taing
SecretaryZapran Carlson
TreasurerToju
Web AdministratorIsobel Ibronike
PR OfficerDanielle Okine
Events OfficerBabafunto Ojo

2018-19

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The Dartford Youth Council team of 2018-19
ChairmanOmolayo Oluwadare
Vice ChairThomas Gebbett
SecretaryRicky Taing
TreasurerToju
Web AdministratorDavid Garcia
PR OfficerPrincess Nwafor
Events OfficerDanielle Okine

2017-18

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The Dartford Youth Council team of 2017-18 joined by Portfolio Holder Cllr Ann Allen
ChairmanMatthew D’Costa
Vice ChairJoshua Grills
SecretaryRicky Taing
TreasurerJames Rolls
Web AdministratorTsemaye
PR OfficerOmolayo Oluwadare
Events OfficerTom Gebbett

2016-17

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The Dartford Youth Council team of 2016-17
ChairmanChloe Louise Gebbett
Vice ChairMatthew D’Costa
SecretarySarah King
TreasurerCian Gavin / Charlie Grazebrook / Dan Bui
Web AdministratorJoshua Grills
PR OfficerRicky Taing
Events OfficerOmolayo Oluwadare

2015-2016

ChairmanChloe Louise Gebbett
Vice ChairTemi Oluwadare
SecretaryKishani Imiachchi
TreasurerItunu Abolarinwa
Web AdministratorOmolayo Oluwadare
PR OfficerCharlie Grazebrook
Events OfficerMatthew D’Costa

2014-2015

ChairmanChloe Louise Gebbett
Vice ChairEllen Oaten
SecretaryChris Willey
TreasurerThomas Glass-Burgess
Web AdministatorItunu Abolarinwa
PR OfficerLewis Field
Events OfficerTemi Oluwadare

2013-2014

The Dartford Youth Council team of 2013-2014, joined by Portfolio Holder Cllr Ann Allen