Swale Youth Forum meets six 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. It also gives them a chance to learn new skills and get involved in resolving those issues that matter most to the young people of the borough.
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.
The next meeting of the Swale Youth Forum will be held on Wednesday 5 February 2014 and starts at 9.30am in the Council Chamber at Swale House in Sittingbourne.
Students from Highsted 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 November 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: