Dartford Young People’s Partnership Conversation

Dartford Youth Councillors can attend the Dartford Young People’s Partnership Conversation (formerly known as the Youth Advisory Group),  a body of representatives that involve young people aiming to improve Dartford such as the improvement of social provisions in fields such as mental health and more.

To find out more about the Dartford Young People’s Partnership Conversation and how to join the Dartford Youth Council, contact Ricky: secretary@dartfordyouthcouncil.com

Hearty Leek and Potato Soup 🍲

By Ricky, Secretary

This recipe from Real Meals (a recipe pack from Change4Life) is the perfect warm soup for a cold winter’s day.

Hearty and healthy, this soup is easily adaptable so you could try adding your own seasonal vegetables. Have fun!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large leeks
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 850ml stock (water and stock cube)
  • Black pepper

Equipment:

  • Knife and chopping board
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Measuring jug
  • Ladle

Method

  1. Wash and peel the leeks and potatoes.
  2. Chop the tomatoes into small chunks using your knife and chopping board.
  3. Place the vegetables in a saucepan and add the stock.
  4. Reduce the heat and cook gently for half-an-hour.
  5. Add some black pepper.
  6. Serve the soup hot.

Chef’s Top Tips!

  • You could try adding carrots, swede, cabbage, peppers and more to get in your 5-a-day.
  • Try adding some grated cheese for that lovely, warm and pure decadence we all crave!

The food project

On the 16th of November from 16:30 to 18:00 the Dartford youth council had its first meeting about creating a multi-cultural cook book about nutritious foods that people, though generally younger kids in education such as university, that may use be used assistance for cooking.

The first meal that we have created and in turn will add is stir fry. Here would be some pictures of the food.

DSC_0346.JPGAll the ingredients in the pan – the coriander.DSC_0347.JPGThe end resultDSC_0344.JPGHead chair mixing all the ingredients before putting in the noodles.DSC_0335.JPG

                                Terry out chef showing us a demonstration of what to do.

 

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Press Coverage

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

Members

The Dartford Youth Council comprises of more than 30 members who would like to have their say and represent the youth of Dartford. Members elect our Executive Committee.

Executive Committee Elections

The members of DYC elect the Executive Committee (EC). Members of DYC can put forward their interest in being on the EC. There are several positions available on the EC. The elections take place yearly, and EC members can stand for re-election. Voting takes place during one of the meetings.

Monthly Council Meeting

The Dartford Youth Council have a monthly council meeting led by the Executive Committee, elected by members of DYC. Dartford Youth Council members discuss ideas and suggestions to improve Dartford. DYC also collaborates with other local organisations to help them, such as the Salvation Army church in Dartford.

Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee also has an additional meeting prior to the monthly council meeting to discuss the successes of the previous monthly meeting as well as to plan an agenda in preparation for the monthly council meeting.

How to join DYC

If you would be interested in joining Dartford Youth Council, please contact Elaine Henson from Dartford Borough Council: elaine.henson@dartford.gov.uk.

Dartford Youth Council was something of little interest to me initially. However, after joining for a few sessions I became intrigued by the sense of purpose the DYC has and the positive impact we strive to give to the community of Dartford – Zuhayr Magho, DYC Member (2015-)

Dartford Young and Gifted

The Dartford Young Gifted is a talent showcase for young people that allows the youth of Dartford to demonstrate their talent, as well as develop their talent. It is beneficial because it promotes skills such as performing in front of an audience, which helps to develop confidence. The showcase was on 5th February 2016.

The showcase featured a wide variety of acts, ranging from solo items to group items such as Irish Dancing. All of the acts were brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them.

I interviewed Milly Constable, 14, who performed in the showcase and represents Dartford Grammar School for Girls. She commented, “I really enjoyed being on the stage and having the chance to sing which is what I really enjoy and my highlight was just the whole day in general with the rehearsals and the excitement – it was overall really fun!”

By Ricky Taing, P.R Officer

Our Residential at Swattenden

A group of lucky DYC members had the opportunity to go to The Swattenden Centre, which is a specialist residential where we got to experience fun and worthwhile challenges.

We got to the Civic Centre and travelled by coach. When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly instructor called Gary. He introduced himself and took us to our accommodation to unpack our bags. Our first activity was the Bivouac building in which we had to build our own makeshift shelter in the woods, only using fallen down branches and trees. We were separated into two groups and eventually Gary would rate which shelter was the best. Unfortunately, we got a tie but we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience; it sure did make us very muddy!

Balancing on the Swattenden Triangle

The next activity we experienced was the Swattenden Triangle. As this never featured at any other residential trips, this was new to us and unique. It was a team-building activity where we had to cross various bridges with small obstacles. It wasn’t an activity that you could do all by yourself. You needed to rely on your team mates. The feedback from this activity was great and many thought it was the best one!

After the famed Swattenden Triangle, we did problem solving activities including tangrams and a maze. They were very challenging, but quite entertaining! The other group got to build a makeshift buggy which composed of some rope, some metal poles and some plastic barrels. It was funny to see when the buggy kept crashing! This was a nice activity and needed mental skill as well as physical skill.

Night, night! We got to feast on a delicious evening meal and then we spent time in our social room. It had a kitchenette, a television, a sofa, Connect 4 and the good, old Fussball! Many people enjoyed playing Fussball together as it gave an opportunity to compete with their fellow DYC members! As a nice evening activity, we watched Toy Story 3 (in which many people cried towards the end). We went back to our rooms and slept tight, getting ready for the next day.

We woke up to a hearty breakfast only and tackled the climbing wall next. This required a sense of trust for your teammates. This activity was great and everyone got to take part! This was an enjoyable process, some people even got to the top. Bravo!

To finish off, we went on the zip wire, bringing our Swattenden residential trip to an end. This Swattenden residential will always be a great memory for DYC!

Matthew D’Costa, a member of DYC, said “It was a really fun experience and really helped to improve our teamwork and communication skills.”

A blog from Dartford Youth Councillor Ricky Taing

Visit to the Houses of Parliament

On the 3rd August we, the Dartford Youth Council, embarked on a trip to the Houses of Parliament. We possessed a tourist like image; a big, over-excited group all wearing our DYC t-shirts ready to learn about one of the most important historical landmarks in England. Entering the building you could only but be captivated by the amazing interior, with the vast space and beautiful stained glass windows.
 
Our tour guide took her time to carefully explain the many elements of the building. From how the tiles were made, to details on the various paintings, it was astonishing to discover how much time and effort was taken into making the Houses of Parliament look so grand.
 
As we hovered over the comfy looking red and green chairs in The House of Lords and Commons, we were informed of the differences between them and taught how decisions that impact the country are made.
 
An amazing fact shared was that behind The Speaker’s Chair in the House of Commons, there is a sack which contains all of the petitions brought to the attention of the House and out of the many petitions, one in ten gets passed.
 
Amongst the numerous paintings a really interesting one was Daniel Maclise’s Waterloo. Maclise’s painting of The Battle of Waterloo is a great depiction of the gore and victory of one of the most famous battles in history. The tour guide explained how Maclise tended not to autograph his work instead he added little things in his paintings to indicate that they were created by him. In the painting Waterloo, Maclise paints two subjects holding glasses of water, which would have been very odd on a battleground but an amazing way to tag his work.
 
When the tour was over we were given the opportunity to look around some of the building once more and take in the beautiful surroundings.
 
After leaving the Houses of Parliament with new knowledge on British history and politics we had a relaxing lunch together in an open space near the London Eye.
 
All in all, our trip to The Houses of Parliament was fun and informative and I look forward to what the next Dartford Youth Council trip has in store.

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