The Young Commissioners of Greenwich. A group of youngsters who were carefully selected, after applying, to aid in shaping and developing the services offered to the youth in Greenwich, such as youth centres, school curriculums, NHS, Housing etc. “ It really is a fantastic and fulfilling opportunity that's unlike any other - we’re given the ability to voice our opinions as well as represent other young people, which positively influences decisions and services provided for us in Greenwich.“ Mahrukh Shahid (14) tells us about her experience as a young commissioner.

A large part of Young Commissioners is carrying out and leading on specific projects, Aisha Abdul (16) of Young Commissioners discloses information about the most recent project - “ Currently we are creating a mental health network on Instagram to raise awareness about mental health as well as educate and advise. ”  

They are working with the organisation Young Minds, and use their own experiences as a youth living in Greenwich to further improve the network.The network is aimed at school age teenagers experiencing stress in school to family and friendship problems to depression. “ We hope to post quite regularly, maybe weekly “ adds Mahrukh - the group would update on services e.g. The Hub, share knowledge and advice about mental health and wellbeing, give support, engage young people and offer the chance to shape the services with surveys and comments.

By being a young commissioner you receive training, the chance to develop your CV, free team building activities and social events and the opportunity to really have your voice heard in the borough.

Riju Prasai

Eltham Hill School