Portsmouth Youth Voice

Portsmouth Youth Voice was started, as Portsmouth Youth Parliament, in  October 2008 by Portsmouth City Council and a group of young people.

Portsmouth Youth Voice was the city's youth council and organised the Fusion Music Festival, helped with the Stop the Trolls campaign and managed the Make Your Mark consultation.

PYV was run by young people and decisions were made by the group while day to day running was managed by an elected chair and secretary.

Portsmouth City Council made the decision to close Portsmouth Youth Voice in March 2016.


Last year a total of 969,992 young people from every corner of the country took part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot. The ballot decides what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for in 2017. The debate took place on Friday 11th November 2016 in the House of Commons.

Young Person's Civic Award

Awarded annually at the city's Mayor Making, the Young Person's Civic Award recognised the work and achievement of 11 - 19-year-olds in Portsmouth. It has been awarded annually since 2013 when Portsmouth Youth Parliament suggested that Ben Dowling be recognised for his work with the city's young people. Between 2013 and 2016 members of Portsmouth Youth Parliament/Portsmouth Youth Voice recommended a recipient for a Civic Award. In 2017 Portsmouth City Council decided to change from a youth-nominated recipient to one chosen by council staff.

The award is for someone who: is aged 11-19; shows continued commitment to helping the young people of Portsmouth; is a positive role model for other young people; is an ambassador for the city by showing real passion for Portsmouth and its citizens; is an active member in their community; lives, works or is in education within the city boundaries; is someone who has worked hard for and in the name of young people for multiple years.

Previous winners of the Young Person's Civic Award are
2013: Ben Dowling, former Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Portsmouth
2014: Kay Sutherland, two time Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Portsmouth
2015: Steve McDermott, chair of Portsmouth Youth Parliament
2016: Peter Marcus, secretary and volunteer for Portsmouth Youth Voice


Ever tackled a Tormentor? Maybe you've been pursued by a Pretender?

We worked with Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board, the University and the City Council to create the Beware of Lurking Trolls e-safety campaign aimed at primary school children.

The internet can be a dangerous place for children and young people with Trolls lurking in every corner. We've all tackled one at some point, but online problems like cyberbullying, grooming and fraud are ever increasing, and young people are especially vulnerable to these situations.

We teamed up with the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board, Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth to develop a new e-safety campaign 'Beware of Lurking Trolls!', aimed at raising children and young people's awareness of the dangers they face when using the internet, social media or mobile phones.

The campaign uses vibrant and funky artwork to appeal to children and young people, with a tips leaflet, stickers, posters, and full colour children's book aimed at younger children. Through the use of bright and colourful artwork, the children's book tells a simple story for five to 11 year olds, placing them in familiar online situations, subtly demonstrating the risks, and what to do if they find themselves in these situations.

The Portsmouth Youth Social Action Conference

In February 2017, Portsmouth Youth Voice worked with Portsmouth Together to run the first Portsmouth Youth Social Action Conference. The aim of the conference was to find out how we can get more young people involved in volunteering and social action. The event also hosted the first Portsmouth Youth Awards.

Shaping the Future of Portsmouth

Shaping the Future of Portsmouth is a group of businesses and community organisations who work together to support the ambitions and aspirations of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Youth Voice was part of the Future Generations workstream.

The Future Generations workstream wants to give young people a voice in shaping the future of their city. The workstream's priorities are to encourage younger people to become school governors and get them involved in social enterprise, improve the city's cultural offer and to run its Shaping Your Future initiative.


The Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) for Fratton and Milton is designed to tackle underage drinking and the anti-social behaviour it sparks.

The launch in Fratton and Milton follows successful CAPs elsewhere in the UK, including Hayling Island.

The aim is to reduce young people’s access to alcohol by building on the existing work already undertaken by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership.

Community Alcohol Partnerships bring together local retailers & licensees, trading standards, police, health services, education providers and other local stakeholders to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.

The CAP model is unique in that it recognises that retailers and licensees are part of the solution and has been shown to be more effective than traditional enforcement methods alone. Each CAP scheme operates in a clearly delineated and usually compact local community and draws on local partners to develop and implement delivery at grassroots level.


Fusion brought together a mixture of live music and dance acts, food from a variety of cultures and a boutique market to put on a festival for young person at Portsmouth City Museum.

#EUref - How will they vote?

In June 2016 the people of the UK were asked to vote on the UK's membership of the European Union. We asked Portsmouth's councillors how they were going to vote and why.