Bexley Youth Council elects new chairwoman and deputy

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 May 2018

Bexley Youth Council chairwoman Emmanuella Isiwele and deputy chairwoman Jay Lee. Picture: Bexley Council

Bexley Youth Council chairwoman Emmanuella Isiwele and deputy chairwoman Jay Lee. Picture: Bexley Council


Bexley Youth Council has elected a new chair and deputy chairwoman, as well as its new member and deputy of the Youth Parliament.

Member Youth Parliament Arnav Upadaya and deputy Matthew Crane. Picture: Bexley CouncilMember Youth Parliament Arnav Upadaya and deputy Matthew Crane. Picture: Bexley Council

Residents Emmanuella Isiwele and Jay Lee were elected as the council’s new chairwoman and deputy chairwoman respectively after they both presented thought-provoking speeches about the issues they care about at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath to their peers.

Emmanuella (chairwoman), 17, spoke about tackling racism and discrimination.

She hopes to raise awareness, whilst celebrating race and culture, and said that “young people deserve a better quality of life.”

Townley Grammar (Townley Road, Bexleyheath) student Jay (deputy), also 17, is focused on promoting Bexley Youth Council.

She aims to increase awareness through events and networking with other youth councils and groups, and said: “everyone deserves to benefit from us.”

Jay is also hoping to work with the council to set up a new information page on the London Borough of Bexley website.

The new member youth parliament is 14-year-old resident Arnav Upadaya, with 15-year-old Matthew Crane elected as deputy.

Arnav, who attends Beths Grammar school in Hartford Road, and Hurstmere (Hurst Road) student Matthew, have both been members of Bexley Youth Council for over two years.

They will have the opportunity to represent the borough with national campaigns, conferences and the annual youth debates at the House of Commons at the end of the year.

They spoke of increasing mental health awareness, continuing to support the ‘Curriculum for Life’ PSHE campaign and further support for careers and guidance.

The leader of the council, cllr Teresa O’Neill, said: “Congratulations to Emmanuella, Jay, Arnav and Matthew on their new roles with Bexley Youth Council.

“I know that they will listen to all young people’s views, and make some positive changes.

“I am looking forward to see them taking on new challenges in the year ahead.”

To find out more about Bexley Youth Council email or call 07792 661 364.


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