There are two great ways for you to get involved and influence what goes on in your local community.
The Youth Council and Youth Forums are two ways young people can get their voices heard on issues that affect them and their communities. You will be working with decisions makers to influence change and move things forward, whilst also gaining new skills that will help you in the future. For example social skills, presentation, public speaking skills, discussion and debating and organisational skills.
Copeland Youth Council meets every 6 weeks and has 5 main priorities:
- Job opportunities and apprenticeships in varied businesses
- Drugs alcohol and personal health
- Activities for all young people
- Young people to be listened to by all agencies
If the Youth Council sounds a little bit too formal Youth Forums are another way for young people to have their voices heard.
There are 6 youth forums sitting underneath Copeland Youth Council:
- Whitehaven youth forum
- Howgate and Distington youth forum
- West Copeland youth forum
- North East Copeland youth forum
- Mid Copeland youth forum
- South Copeland youth forum
Youth forums are supported by youth providers across Copeland – North Copeland youth partnership, Distington club for young people, Whitehaven Harbour youth project, Phoenix youth project, Shackles off, Young Cumbria, Action for Children an West Cumbria Carers – young carers project.
The purpose of the forums is to make sure young people's views are taken into account when making decisions that affect the borough. Copeland is large and very rural in places so having area youth forums means you won't have as far to travel to take part.
Youth forums also allow young people to concentrate on issues in their local area – for example issues a young person has in Whitehaven will be different to a young person living in South Copeland. Each forum has an action plan which means the things that you want to see happen can be fed into plans made by county, borough and parish councillors.So, you can have a real impact on what happens in and around Copeland. You can make a difference and be sure that your views are heard and acted upon.
New Year forum dates will be released soon so keep checking this website and look out for information at local youth groups. We look forward to seeing you at a future meeting.
For a better idea of what it is like to be on the youth council or youth forums read our fact file.