Felixstowe Youth Forum began in 1998 as a consultation group between Felixstowe Town Council and the two Felixstowe High Schools (Deben and Orwell High Schools). Today it is a multi-representative group of young people nominated by school councils and youth projects in Felixstowe. The Forum meets regularly with local Councillors and other local stakeholders at the Town Hall and meetings are chaired by the young people themselves on rotation basis. Debate is encouraged to enable a young person’s perspective to be placed on issues which the children themselves bring up and are fed back to the local schools.
1st November 2017 – Chairman: Level2 Youth Project
31st January 2018 – Chairman: Causton Junior School
28th March 2018 – Chairman: Felixstowe Academy
May 2018 date TBC – Chairman: Grange Community Primary School
July 2018 date TBC – Chairman: Trimley St Mary
The Town Council acknowledges that young people often have limited opportunities to express their views in a constructive way to the wider community. They are generally under-represented at meetings when issues which determine the town’s (and possibly their) future are discussed. The Youth Forum provides a regular and genuine opportunity for the town’s younger residents to comment, positively or negatively, on matters occurring within the town, and to enable a greater understanding of how they can play a key role in influencing change.
Youth Council meetings are scheduled in conjunction with the schools’ timetables and are held in January, March, May, June, October and November each year.
For more information on Youth Forum please contact Lorna Monsen on 01394 288193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org