Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) in partnership with the Education Authority (EA) Youth Service have announced that they are recruiting 24 young people for LCCC's first ever Youth Council, YOUth MATTERs.
Lisburn and Castlereagh Youth Council (LCYC) YOUth MATTERs will open for applications from today (Monday 2nd October 2017) to young people aged 16 – 21 who live in the Lisburn and Castlereagh Council area.
Managed by LCCC in partnership with the Education Authority Youth Service, Police Service Northern Ireland, Lisburn and Castlereagh Community Planning Partnership and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (Community Development, PCSP, PEACE IV and Good Relations), the Youth Council will provide young people with the opportunity to become involved with the local decision making process.
LCYC will enable young people to engage with key decision makers, have their say on local issues, meet new friends and be a representative voice for young people in their local area.
Youth Council members will be involved in influencing a range of council events and programmes and will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training to grow and develop their skills and boost their confidence in representing young people’s views and opinions.
Young people are invited to attend drop-in information sessions to find out more about how to get involved with LCYC which will be held on 11 October 2017 in Dundonald Ice Bowl from 19:00 – 21:00 and 12 October 2017 in Lisburn Leisureplex from 19:00 – 21:00.
Once established, LCYC will meet on a regular basis to identify and resolve common issues relating to young people in the local area.
Stephen Dallas, Deputy Head of Youth Services, Education Authority commented;
“The Education Authority Youth Service is delighted to work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and other key partners to drive forward the development of YOUth MATTERs Youth Council.
Young people in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area will have the opportunity to engage with local key decision makers, be a representative voice for young people in their area and have the opportunity to meet new friends. I would encourage young people aged 16-21 from all backgrounds and abilities to apply.
EA Youth Service recognises the importance of a Youth Council in giving young people a voice on local issues in the area they live I look forward to seeing the Youth Council making a positive change for young people from the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.”
Everyone is welcome to apply regardless of background, abilities or interests. The panel will consider the geographical spread and underrepresented groups to ensure the diverse needs of young people in the area are heard.
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The deadline for applications is 31 October 2017.