“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.”
Penrith Town Council Youth Advisory Panel
Recognising that young people are the future of the town, Penrith Town Council is in process of setting up a Youth Advisory Panel to represent the views of young people in Penrith. The Youth Panel will advise Town Councillors on issues that affect or concern them and enable the Town Council 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.
Cllr Doug Lawson and Cllr Paul Donald will liaise with the Youth Panel on behalf of the Town Council.
Partners and Collaborations
Cumbria Youth Commission – Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
Besides involvement with Penrith Town Council, the Youth Advisory Panel will also advise the Cumbria Police Commissioner in order to have a say on how young people and wider society are policed. This partnership between Penrith Town Council and the Police Commissioner is about making sure young people in Penrith are involved in things that affect them, that they have a voice and are heard.
Eden Youth Council
The Penrith Town Council Youth Advisory Panel will also collaborate with Eden Youth Council (EYC), a forum where young people can discuss Eden wide issues with County Councillors. Some of the issues raised are Penrith-centric, therefore it would be appropriate to table these at meetings of the Town Council’s Youth Advisory Panel.
Supporting the Town Council in setting up the Youth Advisory Panel is Gabriel Aston, who was nominated to the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) in 2018 to represent Carlisle and Eden.
Gabriel, aged 15, who attends Queen Elizabeth College in Penrith is passionate about young people having a voice.
If you live in Penrith you can also take part. Your input is important, so please complete the APPLICATION FORM online to join the panel and ensure your views are heard.
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