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Engaging Our Young People

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“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 Team

Recognising that young people are the future of the town, Penrith Town Council is in process of setting up a Youth Team to represent the views of young people in the Town. The Youth Team will advise the Town Council on issues that affect or concern them and enable Councillors to reach a better understanding of the needs, hopes and aspirations of younger generations. An important aim is to bring about greater benefits to the Council’s decision-making.

Councillor Involvement

The hope is that several Town Councillors from the Community Culture and Economic Development Group (CCEG) will sit on the Youth Team to facilitate and support actions and act s liaison between the group and the Town Council.

Collaboration

The Penrith Town Council Youth Team hope to liase with

  • The UK Youth Parliament representative for Carlisle and Eden
  • the Eden Youth Council (EYC), a forum for young people to discuss Eden wide issues with County Councillors
  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) and Ullswater School Councils

Future Planning

Our plan is to continue recruiting new members through July & August, 2019, then hold a pre-forum meeting in late September/early October, 2019 to introduce panel members to one another, consider frequency of meetings, identify initial themes for future consideration and how to interact with each other, with other youth councils and appropriate partners. A formal Forum will then be held in  late October/early November, 2019 to officially launch the Town Council Youth Team.

Application Form

If you live in Penrith and are aged between 14 and 25 years old, you are eligible to take part in the Town Council’ new Youth Team. Your input is important, so please complete the online APPLICATION FORM  and join the team to ensure your views are heard. You can also contact the Town Council Office and ask for a hard copy of the application form.

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