Chilypep (the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project) is a charity dedicated to raising the voice of children and young people, giving them the platform to shape their world and stay connected. We work with all young people in Sheffield, Barnsley, South Yorkshire and Beyond.

Our purpose is to promote the rights, wellbeing and opportunities of all young people across South Yorkshire.

We do this by:

  • Working with young people to campaign around issues that affect them.
  • Working with organisations and schools to increase meaningful participation of young people in strategic decisions.
  • Working with community services and local authorities to ensure that young people’s rights are protected and that their best interests are served.
  • Working in partnership with other charities, NGOs and organisations to deliver work which has a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable young people.
  • Training organisations and individuals to increase and improve the services available to young people in need of support and information.

Over the last 20 years Chilypep has worked with thousands of young people in South Yorkshire and across the country.

We take a holistic approach to working with young people and believe that involving them in decision making in a meaningful way is both beneficial to the young people themselves and society as a whole.

Want to learn more about the impact of our work?!

Check out our latest impact report here


Latest News

(Joanna Rutter- Public Health Sheffield, Freya Liiv- Chair of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Rebecca Batley- Chilypep and Bekah Harris- Chilypep and Ruth Fletcher-Brown, Public Health Rotherham)



South Yorkshire Partners were recognised for pioneering suicide prevention toolkit ‘Walk with Us’


South Yorkshire Local Authorities, NHS, SYP and Voluntary and Community sector organisations, have been working together for many years to develop a consistent approach to suicide prevention, informed by the experiences of those living within the region. A recent project was to coproduce a toolkit for children and young people bereaved by suicide which was an award winner at the LGC Awards last week in the Public/Public Partnership category.


Chilypep, (the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project) was commissioned by NHS South Yorkshire and Local Authority Partners, to work with children, young people and families affected or bereaved by suicide to produce this fantastic resource.

The Local Government Chronicle Awards recognise the work of local authorities nationally, with the aim being to promote new innovations that can inspire other councils to improve their own services.


Sarah Boul from NHS South Yorkshire ICB said: “I’m incredibly proud that the Walk With Us Toolkit won at the Local Government Chronicle Awards in the Public/Public Partnership Category.


“The South Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Programme is a true partnership between multiple stakeholders all passionately driven to reduce deaths by suicide and support those affected or bereaved by suicide.


“The Walk With Us Toolkit has been produced by Chilypep with South Yorkshire Public Health Leads and co-produced by children and young people affected and bereaved by suicide. It is designed to support children, young people and families as well as being a guide for practitioners and professionals to support those affected or bereaved by suicide.


”This toolkit is the first of its kind produced nationally and would not have been possible without the bravery and resilience of the children and young people who contributed and shared their experiences with us.”


Visit to see the walk with us toolkit.

"“This group has made me realise that there are problems in the world, and we as Gen Z are the only ones who can fix it. Yet, we are overlooked. Chilypep has given me that voice and that confidence to campaign and make our world a better place.” "

Stephanie | Age 13

""I have learnt there are people out there that can help, and that has been a big change I now feel I am able to open up to others. I have even been able to help friends access support for their mental health.” "

Young Person | Age 17