Mole Valley District Council Launches its Youth Forum – Latest news from Mole Valley District Council
Mole Valley District Council has launched its new Youth Forum to not only better engage with young people aged 8 to 18, but also provide an avenue for them to get involved in local democracy decision-making.
Replacing the previous incarnation which Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) administered for many years, ‘MV Youth Voice’, the newly-established ‘Mole Valley Youth Forum’ will be predominantly based online and run through Instagram and Facebook pages.
Young people who live or go to school/college in Mole Valley are being invited to get involved by following the Youth Forum Instagram and Facebook pages. While those social media channels are not available to anyone under 13, MVDC will be engaging with this younger age range through alternative avenues, via schools, student councils and youth groups in the district.
MVDC will be promoting identified projects and consultations via the Youth Forum social media pages, providing young people the opportunity to actively get involved and give them a voice in future decision-making. MVDC’s Climate Change agenda and work being carried out to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 is the first campaign.
Councillor Keira Vyvyan-Robinson, Cabinet Member for Projects, said: “We are very excited by the potential of the Mole Valley Youth Forum. While MV Youth Voice served its purpose, we needed to re-think and take a more up-to-date approach to better engage with young people. We believe that by adopting an approach primarily using social media, we will be able to establish a much wider network of engagement than in the past.
“We see the Youth Forum as a vitally important tool to be used to open and encourage a two-way conversation between the young people of the district and Mole Valley District Council. We want to better understand the views of those individuals who represent the future of the district and, likewise, I am sure there is a hunger in the younger community to help shape future decision-making in Mole Valley.”