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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual (LGBTQIA), gender-fluid, non-binary, nongender, third gender?

Not sure about your sexuality? Questioning your gender? If you have been struggling with your identity and need support to work out who you are there are organisations that offer help and advice. You may feel alone but you're not, there are other young people…

Letters

You will need to send a Covering letter with any applications you make It should be well-presented to impress the employer.  You can also write to firms that you want to work for even if they are not advertising for staff. Many jobs each year…

Looking for education and training opportunities?

If you're leaving school and moving on you will need to have a plan for what you want to do next. It may feel a bit scary but you will get help to make decisions from a careers adviser, your teachers, people who know you, your parents and…

Money and financial advice

For free online information and advice to help you manage your money ... ... go to the Money Advice Service  This website covers all aspects of personal finance such as how to open a bank account.  You can: speak to an adviser on 0800 138 7777 use…

Need advice on a drug, alcohol, gambling or other addiction in your family?

Here are local organisations that can help such as: Islington Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (IYPDAS) There are also other helplines and websites which can offer advice and support: Frank confidential online information and help Adfam for families affected by drugs and alcohol Al-Anonn supports young people affected by…

Need more information and advice about how to have safer sex and contraception?

There are local services ready to help you. They give young people confidential advice and support. Pulse offers confidential advice on all sexual issues including contraception. Pulse also offers pregnancy testing. You can use this service if you are under 25. Lift has a sexual health drop-in. You can…

Need more information or advice about STIs or safe sex?

Checkurself has information about chlamydia, including testing and treatment. You could have chlamydia without knowing. If you live in London and are between 16 and 24 years old, you can get tested for chlamydia by ordering a test kit. If you need treatment chlamydia is easy to…

Online applications

There are some differences between jobs and apprenticeships advertised online and those that use a paper-based application system Online applications must be sent back electronically through an online application form, usually on a company or employment agency website. Alternatively, you may be asked to send…

Our priorities for 2020-2022

Priorities for the Islington Youth Council (IYC) over the next two years are: Keeping safe: We will work with council leaders and council officers to review Islington’s Youth Safety Plan, 'Working Together for a Safer Islington' and support the development and implementation of a new…

Part-time jobs at age 13-16

You can have a part-time paid or unpaid job as long as the type of work you do is suitable for a young person ... ... will not interfere with your education and will not harm you. Your employer has to apply and receive a work permit for…

Pay rates and payslips

The National Minimum Wage rates are reviewed every April National Minimum Wage of £4.55 if you are aged 16 or 17 and in a job or £4.15 if you are an apprentice come in on 1 April.  Does your employer give you a payslip? Check out…

Pay, the National Minimum Wage, tax and national insurance

Employers must pay you at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) if you have reached the official school leaving date The rates are updated every April.  In April 2021 they are: Apprentices under 19 - £4.30 an hour Age 16-17 - £4.62 an hour Age 18-20 -…

Payslips

Most employees have a right to receive a payslip or pay statement at, or before the time of payment Your payslip will include: the name of the company you work for your name your pay reference number payment date – when the money will be…

Relationships and safer sex

Sex and relationships can be complicated Not finding it easy to get along with people, including your family? You can contact: Pulse offers a range of sexual health advice and other services to support young people. Lift and Platform hold regular Pulse clinics, works closely with Brook…

Rights and responsibilities

Everyone has the right to be treated fairly and be protected from harm You should also respect the rights of others. The UK has additional laws that protect your rights, such as: equality laws to protect you from discrimination laws that protect you at work rights when…

Safer school policing

What is Safer School Policing? Currently a named police officer is provided for the 12 secondary schools in the borough and one police officer is provided for colleges, in addition there are four police officers for universities and four dedicated police officers covering 46 primary schools.This arrangement has…

Skills employers look for

Employers want to know about your skills Whatever job you are applying for there are some skills, abilities and attitudes that most employers want. These are often called ‘employability’ or ‘transferrable’ skills. Having these in mind when job hunting may help you to be successful.…

Smoking? Need help to stop?

If you want to give up smoking and are finding it hard, there are local services that can help:  Breathe - the 'stop smoking service', is a free service available in many locations across Islington. You can contact the service on T: 020 3633 2609. NHS Choices has…

Staying in learning - Raising the Participation Age

What is Raising the Participation Age (RPA) and how you can take advantage of it RPA (Raising the Participation Age) increases the minimum age you can leave learning. After Year 11 you will have to stay in some form of education or training until at…

Staying safe

Have fun and stay safe Enjoying yourself is part of being young but you need to think about your safety too. CitySafe Havens, are places to go if you find yourself in a difficult situation. Your safety Find out about how to be safe while still…