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Society may have come a long way, but there is still a way to go. We believe young people are at the heart of making sure that equality for all is being addressed within the local community, to make it a fair and safer place to live for future generations.

Black History Month 

Our Black History Month quiz on 24th October aims to challenge how much people really know about black history and raise awareness of the many important contributions to society by the black community. 

Listen to our Youth Commissioners talk about what Black History Month means to them, below...

Our Quiz is presented by Ashley J, MTV presenter, Live Nation event presenter, Actor and the voice of ‘Jared’ in CBeebies series, JoJo & Gran-Gran.

He’ll be joined by Tee-J, who is known for his role in CBBC television show Kerching! He’s recently taken part in MTV, Channel 4 and E4’s Dubplate Drama.


The quiz is open to all, £10 per household and the winning team gets a Caribbean feast delivered to their door from DUB Kitchen.

FYV in Parliament!

FYV competition Face It was mentioned in Parliament during a Disability Inclusion Debate at Westminster Hall!

Sir David Amess addressed Parliament as the MP for Southend West during a debate about disability inclusion and the effects of Covid-19 on the hearing impaired...

"The increased wearing of face masks is causing difficulties for those with hearing loss, which has been mentioned already, who rely on communication through facial expressions and lip reading. My local YMCA launched the Find Your Voice initiative, which was a competition to design a face mask. A child called Lily was the winner. She created a mask with a clear window in it so that people who are deaf can lip-read through the mask."



While we may not have been able to celebrate Pride in the way we are used to this year, that didn't stop our Youth Commissioners marking the occasion!

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Calling all


Our Youth Commissioner Emily reviewed a series of books for National Book Lovers Day, including a selection of books with the theme of equality and justice.