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Young pioneers set out their agenda

Published Friday, 08 October 2010

Blazing a trail for Enfield’s first Youth Parliament next year, up to 30 young people from all parts of the borough met for the first time this month to set the agenda that will get it established

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The young pioneers aged from 11 to 19, ( and up to 25 if disabled) were recruited from area youth forums and local groups and are keen to prepare the ground for an effective body that will keep local politicians on their toes.

James Roberts aged 18, said, "This is a real opportunity to get our voice heard. We want to interest more young people in the youth parliament and I am excited that we now have council backing to help us plan for it."

Before the meeting, Cllr Bambos Charalambous, cabinet member for young people said, "I want to see young people seize this opportunity to get their views and ideas onto the political stage and begin to understand the value in getting involved.

"This interim parliament builds the foundation for next year when the youth parliament takes off. It will be able to influence the council and other organisations in the borough and as local politicians we are keen to hear what its members have to say."

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for education and children's services, added, "I am looking forward to hearing the ideas that our young people are putting forward - and I hope that we shall be able to act on them. This is an important and exciting process where young people will have the platform they deserve for their generation."

At this first meeting members decided the frequency of their meetings and their specific roles. A chairperson and minute takers were appointed and leading members will take up roles as portfolio holders.

It is likely that the interim parliament will meet six times a year, but a number of working sub groups will also be set up to develop particular projects and policies.

Members will also be taking part in the Enfield Strategic Partnership Board and the children's scrutiny panel.

Andrew Fraser, co-director for education, children's services and leisure, said, "The contribution that young people can make to these meetings is very important. It is their experiences that will help us to improve our existing services and truly involve young people in the planning stages."

This first meeting set out a work programme for the year. A short workshop with elected members explored local politics and introduced the young people to council structures and key people.

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