Aged 11 to 18? Join our Young People’s Forum!
Telford and Wrekin Council is appealing to young people aged 11 to 18 to join the Young People’s Forum and help shape decision making in the borough on a range of topics and Council’s services.
Young People’s Forum is a consultation action group organised by the Council for 11-18 year olds from across the borough.
The forum meets every fortnight at The Wakes in Oakengates and shares ideas on various issues that matter to them.
“We talk about discrimination, culture and identity, mental health, the environment, what we can do to help the community, including children, the elderly.” – said Rae and James, current Forum members.
Jaina, another member, added: “I like how you can go and share your views and there won’t be anyone to judge you” while Isabella pointed out: “You don’t need to really know as much as you think you need to know. You can just come and bring your experiences.”
As regards the benefits for joining the forum, Young People’s Forum members say they can “reach out to important decision makers” but also that they have “become stronger people” , learning that “anything can be possible with help.”
Watch this video to learn more about what our current Young People’s Forum members do and how the Forum makes a difference to them and the community
Councillor Shirley Reynolds (Labour), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, young People and families said: “Caring for and supporting our young people to develop their skills and take action for the future is a key priority for our council.
“One way we do this is through our Young People’s Forum that helps influence change on local issues important to our young people. The forum also carries out its own projects and supports locally the work of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP).
“Anyone in our borough aged 11 to 18 is welcome to join the Young People’s Forum and take part in fortnight meetings, Wednesdays at The Wakes in Oakengates.
“Being a member of the Young People’s Forum is fun and involves meeting new people, learning new things and putting your ideas across on issues that you care about in our borough.
“If you are interested to join or if you know a young person willing to get involved and want to find out more, please get in touch with our team on firstname.lastname@example.org “