Swale Youth Forum meets 3 times a year in the Council Chambers at Swale House providing the young people of Swale with an opportunity to discuss current issues with relevant agencies. It helps young people in Swale aged between 11 and 19 to get their voice heard and, with new social media links, the opportunity to say what concerns them all year round.
The first Swale Youth Forum meeting was held on 15 March 1994 and has continued to enable young people in Swale to identify, discuss and debate local issues together with areas of concern that they considered were important. Every year the Mayor and three Councillors from across Swale serve as representatives on the Forum. This enables concerns and issues raised by the delegates to be taken back to Council for action and ensures that the Forum has a voice which is heard by Council.
All secondary schools within Swale attend and take turns in providing a Chairman to lead the Forum. The Forum has links and works closely with Kent County Council Youth Services and in particular the Swale Youth Advisory Group together with Swale Local Childrens Services Trust.
The next meeting of the Swale Youth Forum will be held on Wednesday 16 October 2013, (it will be part of the 'Local Democracy Week' activities in Swale) and starts at 9.30am in the Council Chamber at Swale House in Sittingbourne.
Students from Westlands School in Sittingbourne will be chairing the meeting which will provide an opportunity for the young people from Swale to debate the latest issues and hot topics that concern them. The agenda will be set during September and anyone wishing to submit an item for inclusion should contact our Community Services Team.
We also now have our own facebook and twitter pages, find the links below: