Ambitious plans announced to launch a Colnbrook Youth Council

The Colnbrook Community Association has today announced ambitious plans to launch a Youth Council to give young people in the village a voice.

Slough Youth Cabinet

Slough Youth Cabinet

The CCA has been discussing a Youth Council since last year when planning for the new Colnbrook Youth Club began, following suggestions from members. The success of the new club has driven the timing of the new body.

The CCA says:

Due to the overwhelming success of the Club we believe now is the time to plan for this phase in the development of youth services and youth engagement in Colnbrook.

Little detail has been revealed so far but the CCA has said that the Colnbrook Youth Council will follow the format of the British Youth Council which aims to empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives.

While there are hundreds of youth councils nationwide the idea is fairly new locally.

Slough Youth Services already organise a Youth Cabinet with two young people representing each of Slough’s secondary schools.

Current members of the Children and Young Peoples Cabinet have been elected through their school councils, and formal meetings are held twice a term, often with councillors and directors.

Buckinghamshire County Council also has a Youth Cabinet.

Cllr Leslie Jarret of Colnbrook Parish Council has made several calls for a youth council on these pages as a means to improve youth engagement and local governance in general.

Six weeks ago, he said a Youth Council would:

… channel efforts being made by the community to provide these young persons a voice in the community … and then in future, when they are adults, they can make better judgements and choice in the democratic process ….

The CCA promises more details soon!

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