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New Uttlesford Youth Council gathering momentum

A new youth council is buzzing with fresh ideas just months after being established.

Youth Council

Uttlesford Youth Council is made up of young people, aged 13-19, from across the district who meet regularly to discuss issues in their communities. They will get the opportunity to represent their peers and tackle the local issues they feel will benefit their lives.

The non-political youth council - which is supported by a group of Uttlesford District councillors and officers - has met five times since forming in March, and has set up working groups to explore further the themes of mental health, transport and the future of Walden School, as well as the terms of reference and constitution of the youth council. Representatives from the youth council will be giving a report of their progress to Full Council.

Caitriona Quigley, a member of the Uttlesford Youth Council, said: "The process of forming a youth council was never going to be easy but we have found it just as fun as it is challenging.

"Enthusiasm is only growing now that we are up and running, with more and more people getting involved, and we're excited to get a chance to share our views on the things that matter to us."

Cllr Mark Lemon, Chair of the council's Public Engagement Working Group, said: "The Youth Council represents a new beginning for youth engagement for Uttlesford. It offers the young people of the district a voice on local issues and a platform for them to share their ideas.

"We are very much looking forward to working with them on some of the key issues for them."

The Youth Council was set up following a period of consultation with the district's secondary schools. However, any young person aged 13-19 in Uttlesford who is interested in getting involved is welcome. For further information, contact John Starr at jstarr@uttlesford.gov.uk or 07973 409566.

21 July 2017