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Youth Council planned for Crewe
A YOUTH council with a budget of £5,000 will be established in Crewe to allow young people get involved with local politics and democracy.
Crewe Town Council resolved to establish the group at their meeting on September 17 in the hope of allowing children to help shape future policy and dispel some of the negative stereotypes attributed to young people.
Clr Damian Bailey said this decision ‘demonstrates the proactive way in which the town council wishes to engage with the community’.
“I would like to invite all members of the public especially young people to become engaged with this project,” he added.
The idea for a youth council in Crewe arose from research undertaken by a number of town councillors at events throughout the community.
Young people expressed a wish to become more engaged in local matters, but said they lacked the facility to do so.
Clr Benn Minshall welcomed the decision, stating that ‘there is a clear need for all of us to understand just how frustrating some aspects of our daily lives can be, especially when you are a younger member of the local community’.
It is hoped the youth council will increase the level of engagement with children and young people, allowing them to have a clear voice in the community and bettering communications with schools, colleges and businesses.
The Youth Council will be given £5,000 to spend on projects of its choice.
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