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Elevated Youth Haringey

Elevated Youth Haringey is a forum for young people with SEND.

It encourages young people with lived experience of SEND to help design the service by shaping it from within. The forum fosters community and connections among young people, organisations, and borough communities. Participants can make new friends and connections in this enjoyable and friendly environment.

The youth forum meets monthly at Rising Green Youth Hub. Meetings include food, games, and discussions that shape the service and decision-making boards. Participants can also earn qualifications. 

Panel members

The panel now has 20 members ranging in age from 11-24.

Panel members include: Zakariya Ahmed, Olayinka Akibo, Olatoy Akibo, Lois Charles, Mia Currie, James Davis, Ciara Marguerite Dowling, Andrew Ellul, Lucus Elms, Voshon Etienne-Rigby, Vanique Etienne-Rigby, Zach Opere-Onguende, Eden Robson, Macie Robson, Danielle Tisdall, Sofia Andrade-Marin, Kevin Andrade-Marin, Daniel Bartlett and Joshua Campbell.

Work, activities and projects

  • Build community, friendships and develop leadership skills​
  • Attend and speak at panels and Boards with leadership to share their input and experiences
  • Participation in community workshops which has resulted in work being displayed for a project promoting Wood Green and Haringey Feast
  • Evaluate local activities and organisations for SEND accessibility, offering guidance to other young people with SEND and their families
  • Share advice for fellow young people with SEND
  • Test activities and services and tell us how we can improve
  • Share experiences and insights with council leaders to influence and shape service decisions collaboratively

Activities and support for young people with SEND


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Get in touch

If you'd like to learn more about the youth forum or get involved, email SENDComms@haringey.gov.uk.

Blog updates

January 2024

Inclusive Martial Arts: Elevated Youth's Journey to Bruce Grove Youth Hub Image of 2 young people posing with a martial arts instructor

December 2023

Zak as mayor with Cllr Lester BuxtonYouth Takeover Day 2023: Championing Young Voices

November 2023

Image of 7 young people smiling at cameraYouth Panel's inspiring visit to Alexandra Palace's 'Living with' exhibition 

image of young person holding their hand painted art of Amy WinehouseTalented Artist Sofia Andrade Marin Brightens Rising Green Youth Hub

  • Sofia is the newest member of Elevated Youth Haringey, our youth panel for young people with SEND, and she is a gifted artist. Read more about Sofia.

October 2023

image of a young person smilingElevated Youth Haringey at Markfield: Exploring a Youth Social Club 


Elevated Youth blossoms with artistic contribution to Haringey Feast

September 2023

Zak thumbnailMeet Zakariya Ahmed, Our Youngest Member of the SEND Youth Pane

  • Zakariya Ahmed, the youngest member of our youth forum for young people with SEND. Zak shares his passion for cricket and finding a sense of belonging at North Middlesex Cricket Club. Read more about Zak!


Image of 3 young people standing at the top of the Tottenham Dare SkywalkThe sky is the limit with Elevated Youth Haringey 

August 2023

image of young person holding a book with the text, Shaping Wood GreenShowcasing Wood Green's hidden gems with Danielle from Elevated Youth Haringey 


image of young person smiling with Ann Graham, the Director of Children's ServicesCiara of Elevated Youth Haringey shares her journey with Autism 


July 2023

image of movie theatre seats and a screenAs part of Elevated Youth's 'What to do in Haringey' series, the group visited 2 Haringey theatres to watch 2 different films. 

June 2023

Image of young person smilingZach has become the first young person to join the SEND Executive Board, an influential body responsible for shaping the direction and design of SEND services! 

June 2023

image of young person looking into a camera lensDanielle, the newest Elevated Youth Haringey panel member, recently participated in a youth photography workshop through the Shaping Wood Green programme. 

Learn more and get involved 

Email SENDcomms@haringey.gov.uk or Karen Douglas, Youth Participation Co-ordinator at karen.douglas@haringey.gov.uk


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Zach outside of Ludo's at Blue House Yard with Ludo the dog! 

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Ciara with the Director of Children's Services, Ann Graham

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Danielle with Councillor Peray Ahmet, Leader of Haringey Council at the launch event for Shaping Wood Green.

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Danielle looking through a camera lens during the Capturing Wood Green workshop

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Two of Danielle's photographs from the Capturing Wood Green workshop

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Zakariya at his favourite place in Haringey Borough, North Middlesex Cricket Club

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Joshua Campbell, the newest member of Elevated Youth Haringey; Andrew Ellul, one of the first members; and Zakariya Ahmed, the youngest member standing at the top of the Tottenham Dare Skywalk.

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 Sofia Andrade Marin with her hand painted portrait of Amy Winehouse

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Lois Charles as the Head of SEND for Youth Takeover Day 2023

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From left: Councillor Zena Brabazon, Macie, Andrew, Danielle, Sofia, and Councillor Peray Ahmet, the Leader of the Council.

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Zak before delivering his speech at the citizenship ceremony with Councillor Lester Buxton, the Mayor of Haringey.

Page last updated:

March 28, 2024