Watford County Councillors visit Youth Council during Parliament Week 2016
28 November 2016
Young people from Watford Youth Council were delighted to welcome Hertfordshire County Councillor Stephen Giles- Medhurst, Derek Scudder and Mark Watkin to their weekly meeting (on Thursday 17th November) to join them in discussions during UK Parliament Week 2016.
Watford Youth Council is run by Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions with the aim of promoting the voice of young people and engaging them in decision making processes.
The meeting with councillors included a discussion of its priority over the coming months in promoting equality; one of those listed in the Herts 11-25 Young People’s Manifesto for 2016/17. The Youth Council members will be leading on a social action project in the New Year to promote gender equality which will include a Twitter campaign to challenge gender stereotypes. The Youth Council members went on to discuss with the county councillors how they also promote equality in Hertfordshire in their roles.
The county councillors extended an invitation for the Youth Council to visit the Town Hall in Watford to see where many local issues are debated and decisions made. All councillors agreed that they would like to keep the dialogue open with the Youth Council to hear their views on all topics discussed in future.
Rebecca from the Youth Council said: “It was promising to talk to our councillors, as it makes us feel that we can make a difference.”
Hawra added: “It doesn’t matter who you are – you can achieve anything”.
The overall view of the Youth Council was combined in this statement: “We really believe that young people like us can help to make a difference to attitudes about gender and equality in society”.