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Diss Youth Town Council
Diss Youth Town Council

Let young people be heard: that is the message from a group of youngsters who have just officially launched a new youth council for Diss.

Diss Youth Town Council was launched last week at Diss Youth and Community Centre, at an event arranged by the youngsters themselves.

Seven youngsters, who are all students at Diss High School, currently make up the council. There is room for another four.

Lily Mills, 12, Charlotte Button, 15, Lorna Baker, 15, Liberty Amies, 15, Kieran Murphy, 16, Bethany Crowe, 17, and Zinhle Moyo, 17, will represent the youth voice in the town when it comes to any decision making.

One of their most important roles will be canvassing the opinion of their peers.

Opening the launch event, youth town councillor Zinhle Moyo told the audience: “We are a fairly fresh, new council but, as you can see, our motto is: voice, empowerment, actions.

“We are tying to do our bit for young people to help the community, to help change Diss and to make it a better place.”

Diss Youth Town Council was first started two years ago by then town councillor and now south Norfolk councillor Graham Minshull.

It has now taken off with the help of youth worker Julia Fairbrother and Diss town councillor Sonia Browne.

“The youth councillors have already been involved with the town council and have shown themselves to be tenacious and determined, with lots of ideas. Watch this space,” said Cllr Browne.

At the launch event, each new councillor introduced themselves before uniting in their shared aim of helping the town’s youth voice be heard.

Their mission statements include: helping to build a more connected community; being a voice and advocate for young people; breaking down barriers for mental health, loneliness, disability, rural isolation, communication; promoting local opportunities; ensuring the voices of young people are heard and acted upon; and challenging the stereotyping of young people.

Twelve-year-old Lily Mills said: “I thought it was a really good thing to get involved with after my mum saw a poster saying they were looking for new councillors.

“Young people should be heard as well as the adults. Young people are just as important and capable of making their our own decisions.”

Diss mayor Trevor Wenman said: “I am excited to see their vision for the future of Diss.”

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