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SHAPE Youth Forum

“Do you want to make a difference and improve the lives of young people in Sandwell?”

Join SHAPE Youth Forum and start making a change!


The SHAPE Youth Forum is an integral part of the Sandwell’s child’s voice initiative, the SHAPE Programme. It is a valuable tool to involve young people in continuing development of the borough of Sandwell. Members provide a voice for young people across Sandwell and have been consistently used as a consultative body for various initiatives concerning young people.

What does the SHAPE Youth Forum do?

  • Acts as an open forum for young people to come together to share experiences, views and discuss issues relevant to them
  • Acts as a consultation, advice and discussion body for the SHAPE Programme where organisations and institutions can come and listen to young people to change services to suit their needs
  • A place where young people start to learn to debate
  • Organises a wide range of activities, programmes and events throughout the year, including the annual SHAPE Summer Fest and SHAPE Your Talent.
  • Two Youth Police Crime Commissioners are elected in Sandwell will be part of the forum and will join the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission to look at community safety issues including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), radicalisation and prevent.
  • Two Members of Youth Parliament and Two Deputy Members of Youth Parliament will be elected and become part of forum and will join British Youth Council representing Sandwell.

Jessica Mansell – Chair of SHAPE Youth Forum

“As chair of SHAPE Youth Forum, I have been given so many opportunities to represent the voices of young people within Sandwell. I first joined when I was campaigning to be MYP and found that SHAPE was where I could truly make a difference on a local level with organisations that operate in Sandwell for Sandwell young people”

Can I get Involved?

The SHAPE Youth Forum meets on a bi-weekly basis:

On: Thursdays

From: 6pm – 8pm

On: Microsoft Teams

Criteria: Young person aged 11 to 23 who lives, works or studies in Sandwell


If you are interested in being part of forum, please download the joining pack & consent form and email the completed documents to shape_events@sandwell.gov.uk

For further information on SHAPE Youth Forum or the SHAPE Programme email shape_events@sandwell.gov.uk or visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/shapeevents