Young Advisors get together with council chiefs 23.03.10
Sutton Council's Young Advisors Network met with the council chiefs for the first time this month (11 March).
Eight young people aged between 11 and 19 got together with some of the most senior people at the council and set out their aims for the Young Advisors Network.
The council has asked the Young Advisors to meet on a regular basis and to feed back on issues that affect young people within the borough and give a fresh perspective on council decisions.
Cllr Tony Brett Young, Executive Member for Children Young People and Learning Services on Sutton Council, said: "It was wonderful to meet with some of the Young Advisors for the first time and start a dialogue to ensure that young people are more involved in what we do.
"It was really great hear such enthusiasm and meet with those who really want to make a difference for other people within their community.
"We are committed to engaging with young people to help make our services and decision making better and the Young Advisors Network will form a very important part in taking this forward."
The Executive Committee agreed in February for a group of around 25 young people from different areas, ages and backgrounds to become a formal part of the council.
By attending regular meetings and taking part in the consultation process on a wide range of issues the Young Advisors will give a voice to young people across the borough and bring greater diversity to the council.
The group has been set up in response to consultation with hundreds of young people in the borough who asked to have more face to face contact with the council and greater participation in the issues that affect their lives.
This opportunity is in addition to Sutton's Youth Parliament which has now been running for eight years and whose members already play a part in seeking changes by campaigning and lobbying to a national level.
Both groups are still taking members and anyone who lives or goes to school in the borough and has an interest in making a difference, having a say in what goes on around them and improving services for other young people can join.
For more information on the youth parliament visit http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/
Last updated: Wednesday, 15 December 2010