• About us

    • Are there things where you live that need changing? Do you want to make a difference and have a bigger say in how things are run in East Sussex? The Youth Cabinet is here to represent you!
      What is the Youth Cabinet?

      We campaign for things that you think are important by going to the people who make the decisions and telling them what young people want.

      We talk to lots of different people like you, Public Health, the police to bus companies and everyone in between. For example, we campaigned to improve local public transport options for young people. The result was the launch of the 3-iD Card, which offers proof of ID, discounts on some bus services and at many high street stores.


      Who can apply?

      All young people aged 11-17 who studies in East Sussex can become a Youth Cabinet member.  No experience necessary, we only ask that you are passionate about improving the lives of young people locally and nationally!  

      How to join?

      Every school in East Sussex is allocated one student place in the Youth Cabinet. To become a Youth Cabinet member you must be elected by your peers in school.  Most schools do this at the same time as their school council elections.  The opportunity is also available to young people who are home-schooled and other provision if you don't attend mainstream school (contact the Equality and Participation Team for details).

      The Youth Cabinet term-of-office runs from December to December.  The next full election is open from September 2021.

      UK Youth Parliament Elections

      Elected Youth Cabinet members can stand in UK Youth Parliament elections.  These take place between February and March via an internal vote within the Youth Cabinet each year.


      Get involved

      Now it’s your turn - tell us what’s important to you and what you want changed! You can also find out more about the Youth Cabinet and how to stand for election. 

      Contact the Youth Cabinet at this address:

      East Sussex Youth Cabinet
      Children’s Services
      Equality and Participation Team
      County Hall
      St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes
      East Sussex
      BN7 1UE


      Phone: 01273 335 250

      Email: youth.cabinet@eastsussex.gov.uk


      Stay in touch

      To stay in touch with the latest campaign news, hear about opportunities, or to get involved:


      Who supports the Youth Cabinet?

      The Equality and Participation Team at East Sussex County Council support us to carry out our work.

      They are:

      • Atiya Gourlay - Equality and Participation Manager
      • Natasha Cummings - Participation Officer
      • Tom Goulden - Participation Officer
      • Nicola Bryson - Participation Officer
      • Helen Chappell - Administrative Assistant

      If you want to speak to an adult from the Team, contact:

      Tel: 01273 335250
      Email: participation.team@eastsussex.gov.uk