Bromley Youth Council hosted their annual manifesto event for 75 young people from the borough’s school councils.
The young people were invited to participate in a programme of workshops delivered and facilitated by Bromley Youth Council members.
The aim of the council-run event held at the Education Development Centre, Church Lane, Bromley Common on 12 March was to identify their manifesto priorities to determine the Youth Council's events and campaign programme for 2012/13. The event increases young people's awareness of citizenship, local and national democracy and enables young people to experience youth involvement and develop a sense of contributing to discussion and decision making, sometimes for the first time.
School councils from fifteen Bromley schools and colleges attended including Bullers Wood, Glebe, Harris Academy Bromley, Hayes, Kemnal Technology College, Coopers Technology College, Bishops Justus CofE school, Charles Darwin School, Harris Academy Beckenham, Priory and Ravensbourne School. Representatives from Newstead Wood, Eltham College, Farrington's School and Bromley College also took part.
The event began with Question Time which enabled young people to put questions directly to key decision makers. The panel comprised: Councillor Stephen Carr Leader of the Council, Councillor Ernest Noad Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, Councillor Tim Stevens Portfolio Holder for Public Protection and Safety, Doug Patterson Chief Executive of the Council, Gillian Pearson Director Children and Young People Services, Ian Mann Police Sergeant Youth Partnership Unit, Dave Prebble Met Police Borough Partnership Manager and Paul King, Bromley Youth Support Services Manager.
During the day young people's discussions identified the issues that are important to them in Bromley, including bullying, employment, teenage pregnancy, self-harming and gangs. The Bromley Youth Council will now produce their annual manifesto which addresses the aspirations and concerns of young people across the borough and design key campaigns to ensure young people's voices are heard on these key issues.
The Youth Council aim to launch the Manifesto document and their campaign aims at their May meeting to which many of the key decision makers of the Council who attended the Manifesto event will be invited. They will then publicise and report on the plans and achievements made by their campaign choices throughout the coming year.
Councillor Ernest Noad, Bromley Council's Executive Member for the Children and Young People Portfolio said: "The manifesto event is a great opportunity for our Youth Council to come together with other young people to compile and consult on issues that are high on their agenda at the moment. As Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, I find the engagement of our young people in this way extremely helpful in ensuring that we take their views into consideration when shaping policies for the borough. I look forward to seeing the resulting manifesto and to working closely with Bromley Youth Council and Youth Support Service in the near future."
Tom Clements, Chair Person Bromley Youth Council said: "This event is a good way for school councils to really get involved in local democracy and tell their Bromley Youth Councillors what they see the issues are for young people in Bromley. The Bromley Youth Council has a big responsibility in representing over seventy thousand children and young people in Bromley. We want to make sure we are doing the best we can by listening to the voices we represent. It is also a good opportunity as all our school council's have a vote on what the Bromley Youth Council campaign will be for the year ahead."
Picture shows Question Time panel members with some of the young people at the Manifesto event.
Notes to editors:
- The Youth Manifesto Event is an annual event and secondary schools and colleges are invited to take part.
- Young people aged between 11 and 19 are invited along to the annual event.
Bromley Youth Council:
- is affiliated to the British Youth Council;
- is supported by Bromley's Children and Young People Department, Bromley Youth Service;
- meets regularly to discuss some of the key issues facing young people in the borough;
- participates in consultations;
- has co-opted members from Living in Care Council, (LinCC) and Bromley youth Advisory panel (BYAP)
- elects representatives to the UK Youth Parliament.
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