Youth Council

Youth Council

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We are currently accepting applications for our 2021 Youth Campaigning Group.

Youth Campaigning Group Application Form

About our Youth Council

Our Youth Council is a group of young people aged 13 to 25 year olds, that live in Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. They are passionate about protecting the local environment, inspiring social action and creating positive change. The Council works to build a rich and biodiverse future for our area, where nature's recovery is the priority, because as one Council member stated “Nature's future is our future.”

The Council ensures that the voices of young people are at the core of the work of Lancashire Wildlife Trust, so that we truly represent our communities. We increasingly want to see the voices and ideas of young people shine through in our work.

To find out more about the Council and its work please see the application process. If you have any questions or queries about the Council please email youthcouncil@lancswt.org.uk.

What have we achieved this Year (2021): 

 

Campaigning:

  • No Mow May - encouraging land managers, councils, MPs and friends and families to support the campaign to allow grass to grow and help increase insect numbers in their local areas.  
  • They engaged with The Wildlife Trust’s National ‘30 Days Wild’ campaign producing two videos  (collectively watched about ~1800 times over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). 30 Days Wild!!! | LWT - YouTube
  • They are actively working on the #peatfree campaign to educate and raise awareness of the importance of going peat free.  

 

Advocacy:

  • Within our Trust the voice of young people matters considerably and they are invited along to participate in formal governance meetings including the conservation committee whom manage all our reserves, Trustee Board meetings, communication and marketing meetings. 
  • Our Council advocate for young people's involvement in leadership and improving wellbeing through nature by speaking at events such as the Common Purpose Lancashire 750 leadership course.  
  • We hope to take a more active role in youth empowerment leading up to COP26.  

 

Media: 

  • Appearing on a BBC Northwest Tonight feature - What matters to young people (environmental) in the lead up to local elections.  
  • Educating the public through written pieces including a two-page spread in LWT’s magazine Lapwing covering wetlands.  
  • Blog writing - topics include invasive species, mental health awareness and India v UK wildlife management- check out our blog page now! 
  • Featured on 'The Green Files' podcast which discusses entering into the green sector job market as a young person.  
  • Monthly Instagram takeovers - see LWT's Instagram highlights to catch-up. 

Meet the Youth Council

My interest in wildlife has been growing ever since I went for my first safari in the arid grasslands of Rajasthan, were I spotted the elusive striped hyena.
Anish Banerjee
Anish Banerjee

Anish Banerjee

I am a second year zoology student at the University of Manchester. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I am currently back home in India, and eager to return! My interest in wildlife has been growing ever since I went for my first safari in the arid grasslands of Rajasthan, were I spotted the elusive striped hyena. I have also started my own wildlife NGO back home in India! Other than wildlife, I love cricket and have lived in 3 different countries.

Curtis Mckenley

Curtis Mckenley

I am a first-year student at Myerscough College in Preston studying ‘Land and Wildlife Management & Conservation’. I enjoy volunteering on different Wildlife Trust projects such as Dirtworks on Saturdays, Mudpack group in Penwortham and on Myplace projects in and around the Preston area. If I am not volunteering on a project, I am with the head of communications looking at what they are working on and learning from him and his team. I have also represented the Youth Council in a Board of Trustees meeting with a fellow member of the Council. The environmental issue I am most passionate about is the unlawful shooting of wildlife in the UK.   

I joined the Youth Council to make an impact in local conservation and get involved with decision making around nature.
Natasha Savage
Natasha Savage

Natasha Savage

I’m Natasha, a Zoology with Herpetology graduate and Science Technician at a local school. I’m hopping mad about toads and don’t mind getting muddy in the name of habitat management. I joined the Youth Council to make an impact in local conservation and get involved with decision making around nature. I want to get connected with various leaders to ensure nature is being conserved for young people and that ideas from young people get heard. I am a fierce advocate for UK wildlife, especially amphibians and will always tell everyone I meet how to make their garden amphibian friendly. I love educating people about the amazing species the UK has and strive to make everyone more aware of their impact on their local plant and wildlife.

Katherine Plaice

Katherine Plaice 

My name is Katherine Plaice and I am currently a second year Biology student at the University of Salford. From my degree and previous work experience, I have developed a passion for conservation and the maintenance of biodiversity as even the smallest critters play such a huge role within our ecosystems. Furthermore, I have a keen interest in genetics and how this can be applied to aspects of conservation such as understanding the dynamics of genes in populations and the concept of adaptation. I feel very privileged to be able to work alongside a group of talented individuals and I look forward to being able to contribute ideas to and get involved with the protection of our wildlife in Lancashire.

I am looking forward to working with other young people to make a positive difference in the face of so much biodiversity loss.
Hannah Lee
Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee

I have been passionate about the environment and wildlife since I was small and hope to work in conservation when I am older. I am really looking forward to finding ways to make a real difference to biodiversity in my local area, and working with other young people to make a positive difference in the face of so much biodiversity loss.

Rhiannon Green

Rhiannon Green

I wanted to join the Youth Council as I believe it is a great opportunity to gain insight and perspectives on environmental issues facing the local community and the planet. I am passionate about conservation and biodiversity, particularly rewilding and reducing plastic pollution. I am excited to meet likeminded people and get involved in campaigns to make a positive environmental change.

I am looking forward to developing my campaigning and public speaking skills, and taking the council’s ideas forward to help shape the future of conservation for the younger generation.
Daniel Jeal
Daniel Jeal

Daniel Jeal

Hi I'm Daniel and I'm a keen conservationist and have been volunteering for the last 3 years. I joined the Youth Council as I wanted to make my voice heard and to make a difference in my local area. I am looking forward to developing my campaigning and public speaking skills and taking the council’s ideas forward to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to help shape the future of conservation for the younger generation.

Muhammed Amin

Muhammed Amin

My name is Muhammed Amin. I have been lucky to work as a young ranger in the National Parks. I am passionate about finding solutions to problems such as air quality, plastic pollution, flooding, loss of biodiversity and climate change in general. I am also keen to explore the use of nature in tackling social issues such as the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people. I also have an emerging interest in social marketing and app development.

I joined the LWT Youth Council as I am passionate about connecting people with their environment to better their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as contribute towards battling climate change and other environmental issues.
Chris Williams
Chris Williams

Chris Williams

My name is Chris, I am 23 and from Crosby in Merseyside but currently living in Bolton. I graduated last year from Lancaster University with a degree in Earth & Environmental Science. I joined the LWT Youth Council as I am passionate about connecting people with their environment to better their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as contribute towards battling climate change and other environmental issues. My local nature reserve is Lunt Meadows and I love walking around and admiring birds, particularly the wetland birds and owls we are so blessed with there! I look forward to more chances to engage with people, hike through the outdoors, and spend time doing some practical conservation.

Katylily Westbury-Hawkins

Katylily Westbury-Hawkins

I am a 22-year-old wildlife lover who lives in Bootle, Merseyside. I have completed a MRes degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation and a BSc degree in Biology with a Worldwide Exchange. I am passionate about championing underappreciated species and I have focused my research on invertebrate species. I joined the Youth Council to help young people gain the confidence to take part in environmental action and educate them on our local environment.

Emma Greenwood

Emma Greenwood

I am Emma Greenwood, a 17-year-old environmental and youth voice activists. I am the current Youth MP for Bury as well as being part of Youth Strike 4 Climate Manchester.