Windsor & Maidenhead Youth Council set up ‘off to a good start’

The establishment of a youth council is “off to a good start” as the organizers pledge to keep the Royal district report on the key issues that affect young people.

Senior advisers unanimously approved plans for the first steps in setting up a council at the cabinet meeting in February, to give young people a voice to shape and influence future policies and decisions. decision that affects them.

Two working group members, Imogen Cobbold and Caitie Holden, provided an update on their progress in establishing a framework and governance for youth council involvement.

So far, 16 candidates have been received from different schools in the district, such as the Windsor Boys School, to join the youth council once it is operational.

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Eighteen draft rules and regulations were produced, which cover the frequency of youth council meetings, the election of board members and the day-to-day functioning of the youth council.

These will be finalized when the board meets and votes on these draft proposals.

It has been understood that one of the main issues that the Youth Council will address and take into account in the Royal Borough is climate change.

Councilor Amy Tisi said: “It was striking that the working group had three young women, which is fantastic because our board, like many, is quite heavily male dominated and it is fantastic that we have young women interested in politics and local government. ”

She asked what they were doing to ensure that young people from ethnic minority groups or the LGBTQ + community were involved.

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Caitie said they have involved a wide range of schools to encourage diversity, while Imogen added that they will engage with community groups within these schools to ensure they know that they can be included in the youth council.

The task force, which has held four meetings to date, was supported by Chief Governance Officer Karen Shepard, Youth Engagement Offices Elaine Keating and Councilors Stuart Carroll and Ross McWilliams.

Once established, the youth council could meet fortnightly or monthly.

Cllr Carroll said they have a “positive platform” to build from, while head of the council Councilor Andrew Johnson added the youth council was “on track” given of the 16 applications already received.

The update was made at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, May 27.