“When young people are trusted with responsibility and accountability, they are more likely to have an investment in their town’s future. Listening to young people and representing their interests not only strengthens local democracy but also delivers some of the outcomes Councillors might want to achieve.” (The Local Government Association Councillor Handbook ‘Engaging Young People.’)
Penrith Town Council Youth Panel
The Town Council’s main aim is to:
“to engage with young people living in Penrith, aged between 14-25, to facilitate, support and empower them to have a voice and influence the things that matter to them”
Recognising that young people are the future of the town but may face significant challenges and barriers, Penrith Town Council is currently in process of setting up a ‘Youth Advisory Panel’ to represent the views of young people in the Town. The Youth Panel will enable young people in different age groups to advise the Town Council on issues that affect or concern them. Councillors will then be able to reach a better understanding of the needs, hopes and aspirations of younger generations. The Council will listen and act whenever possible and bring about greater benefits to the Council’s decision-making.
Three Town Councillors, Cllr Hilary Snell, Cllr Scott Jackson and Cllr Jonathan Davies, who sit on the’ Community Culture and Economic Development Group’ (CCEG), will facilitate and support the Panel, acting as liaison between young people and the Town Council.
Engaging with young people aged between 14-25 means that those over 18 are already young adults themselves. However, they still face significant challenges, barriers and issues. Our engagement process will be cognisant of the different age groups and the differing needs of diverse young people in Penrith.
Our 4 Key Principles
- We are genuine in our aim to engage with young people in Penrith.
- We want young people to feel valued, able to express concerns and ideas and influence the Town Council’s decision-making processes.
- Elected Town Councillors will facilitate and support the Panel, while making sure young people are ‘in control.’
- We will listen to what young people say and address issues and concerns raised whenever it’s possible to do so.
Youth Advisory Panel Open Event, Saturday 30th November, 2019
We are in process of organising the first youth panel event on 30th November 2019, at Unit 2, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith CA11 7XR (adjacent to Town Council Office), to provide opportunity for young people to meet, exchange views and structure the Panel in their own way.
We want young people to get involved from the beginning! If anyone can help make our posters for the open event more appealing, please get in touch. Contact: Anna Malina, Community Engagement Officer, Penrith Town Council. Tel. 01768 899773. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Advisory Panel Application Form
If you live in Penrith and are aged between 14 and 25 years old, you can complete the online APPLICATION FORM or you can come along and join in at the open event mentioned above.
You can also contact the Town Council Office in Friargate to find out more and/or ask for a hard copy of the application form.
We will liase with organisations that can help deal with issues raised by young people. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Anna Malina, Community Engagement Officer, Penrith Town Council. Tel. 01768 425997; Email: email@example.com
We will also liaise with Cumbria’s Youth Parliament representatives and Youth Councils covering Penrith, including:
- The UK Youth Parliament representatives for Carlisle and Eden.
- Eden Youth Council (EYC) (a forum for young people to discuss Eden wide issues with County Councillors)
- Ullswater Community College Student Council
- Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS)