FENLANDER: Fenland Youth District Council seeks new members

FENLAND Youth District Council is seeking new members to make it more representative of all Fenland’s young people.

It has changed its constitution to reach out to a wider group. Traditionally YDC membership has been restricted to young people elected through their school councils or parliaments. But now it is offering six extra places to other young people who have not been elected in that way or who are not in formal education.

It is inviting anyone aged between 13 and 18 who is interested to come along to its next meeting on Wednesday, September 29, from 2-4.15pm at the South Fens Business Centre in Chatteris to meet the current members and find out more.

Anyone expressing an interest then will be invited to a subsequent meeting on Friday, October 29, at Fenland Hall where they will be able to give a short presentation explaining why they would like to become a Youth District Councillor.

Siana Rawlings, the YDC’s joint chairman, said: “By co-opting these six extra members and encouraging more people to get involved we think more people will take an interest in our work. So I’m urging any young people interested in joining us to come along on September 29.

“Being in the YDC really helps you understand and appreciate the community more. I would love it if I could help other people have the same experiences that I have had.”

The YDC meets every two months to discuss key issues affecting young people. It has been closely involved in the very successful Kids are Alright campaign as well as running its own campaigns. It also awards grant money to groups or clubs working with young people.

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Councillor Steve Garratt, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for young people, said: “YDC members have done a fabulous job in representing young people and promoting their interests. Their decision to expand the membership and become even more representative does them great credit and is sure to give them even more influence.”

• For more information on the YDC, call Ross McGivern, FDC’s community development officer, on 01354 654321, e-mail ydc@fenland.gov.uk or visit www.fenland.gov.uk/youthroom

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