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Friday, 19 December 2014

Calling all youth after no-one came to forum

THE organisers of South Copeland Youth Forum are appealing for members after youth apathy resulted in a no show at their first meeting.

By Will Metcalfe

The Youth Forum is organised by Copeland Borough Council and aims to get young people involved in their community.

At the first meeting, which took place on Tuesday, no youngsters turned up, which has prompted an appeal for members.

Emma Dickinson, youth engagement officer at Copeland Borough Council, said: “The idea of the forums is to let young people have their say on issues in their community.

“We’ve set up other forums across Copeland and above that will be a youth council. I see my job as making sure the right people are listening within the council.”

Members of the forum speak about the issues affecting young people and present their ideas to help improve the area.

Forums have been set up across the borough – and south Copeland is the last area.

After the forum is established, a Copeland Youth Council will be set up and around 60 young people are already providing their ideas for the way it will be run.

Miss Dickinson said youth forums were officially aimed at young people aged between 13 and 24 although children aged 11 or 12 can get involved.

Miss Dickinson said: “It’s about the services provided for young people – while it is aimed at 13 to 24-year-olds people either side who are in touch with the issues can get involved.

“I’m not going to say 11 or 12 is too young – it’s about being in touch with the issues.”

Miss Dickinson will be working with Millom School to help promote the forum and attract members.

Ian Smith, headteacher at Millom School, said: “I am very encouraged that there is at last going to be some organised provision for the young people of the area. I’m delighted that the South Copeland Youth Forum representative, Emily Dickinson, is going to be working in partnership with the school.”

Anyone who wants to get involved or for more information contact Emma Dickinson on 01946 593039 or email emma.dickinson@copeland.gov.uk

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