Exmouth's youth in talks with town's decision makers

PUBLISHED: 10:16 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S young people were last week given the chance to discuss important issues with the town s decision-makers.

EXMOUTH'S young people were last week given the chance to discuss important issues with the town's decision-makers.

The aim of the event was to engage a group of young people from a variety of backgrounds in discussion with elected members about issues relating to the local community that they are passionate about.

It is hoped that this event will lead to the setting up of a youth council for the town.

The event coincided with Youth Work Week, in which the theme was 'promoting young people's voice and influence'.

Exmouth youth workers from Devon County Council's youth service held the event at Exmouth Town Hall, where they and town councillors met with young people to discuss issues that concern them - as well as what could be done together to make the town a better place for all.

Seven young people aged from 14 - 18yrs from Devon Youth Service projects and from EC Youth in Exmouth, and five elected members met to discuss issues based around the following themes:

· The safety of young people in Exmouth

· Things to do in Exmouth - what is already available and what would be good to see in Exmouth

· The image of young people in Exmouth

· The environment - built and natural, our vision for the future

All of the young people currently make a positive contribution to their local community by volunteering in clubs and groups with the aim of helping and supporting others.

Devon County Council's executive member for children and young people's services, councillor John Smith, said: "This event was a great opportunity for young people to exercise their right to express their views and have their opinions taken into account.

"The evening was a positive start to what is hoped to be an ongoing dialogue between councillors and young people from the town - the young people raised many points and some positive actions should come from the evening.

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