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Diss youth town council to launch next month




Youth councillors Kieran Murphy, Charlotte Button, Bethany Crow, with town councillor, Sonia Browne, centre, and youth worker Julia Fairbrother, right. Picture Chris Morris.
Youth councillors Kieran Murphy, Charlotte Button, Bethany Crow, with town councillor, Sonia Browne, centre, and youth worker Julia Fairbrother, right. Picture Chris Morris.

Creating a safe and better environment for young people, building a more harmonious community and having more influence over what goes on in Diss.

These are aims of three teenagers who have joined Diss Youth Town Council, which will officially launch next month.

Diss Youth Town Council is the brainchild of Diss Town Council which has been exploring ways to engage with the town’s youth and enable them to have their say in town affairs.

Youth worker, Julia Fairbrother has already been working with young people for the past two years as part of the project, and in which time the Youth Town Council has been formed.

Seven young people have so far put themselves forward, with vacancies for a further four. The councillors are aged between 12 and 19.

“The youth council will give young people a voice when it comes to anything that goes on the town,” said Julia Fairbrother.

“The youth councillors themselves will be consulting with their peers on any issues, gathering opinion and deciding how best they think this should be delivered.

“They will be representatives of the voice of youth in the town, and ensuring the views of young people are heard by the town council and other authorities.”

Diss youth town council will officially launch on September 10 at Diss youth and community centre, on Shelfanger Road.

The new councillors will give a presentation to individuals and groups wishing to attend.

Town councillor Sonia Browne, who has been helping to set up the youth council, said: “Diss is evolving and the town council is evolving with it.

“Someone described the youth council as groundbreaking; in my opinion, it should be the norm.”

For information about the vacancies, attending the launch or settting up a display stand at the event, email julia@mtmyouthservices.org.uk



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