Are you a young person aged between 13 and 24?
Do you want to have a say about what there is to do for young people in Basildon District?
Why not join the youth Council?
To find out more about the youth Council and joining, please click on the following link: Basildon Youth Council
Get Involved in Local Democracy
The following website has events for young people where you can get involved and have your say about democracy.
Events include - I'm a Councillor, get me out of here, and People and Politics day where young people can meet some of the biggest names in politics.
To find out more, follow this link : Youth Democracy
What activities are there in this area for young people?
Follow the link below to find out about youth clubs, Duke of Edinburgh, Volunteering, Outdoor Activites and more.
Local Democracy Week
As part of this year’s Local Democracy Week Sustainable Community Services hosted a Local Democracy Event on 18th October for local schools. The day was a huge success with Beauchamps, Billericay, Bromford, Chalvedon, De La Salle, James Hornsby High, Woodlands and Barstable schools attended and each bringing between ten and twelve students.
Also present were twelve Basildon District Councillors as well as Superintendent Glenn Caton from Basildon Police, Ian Wake, Assistant Director of Public Health at South West Essex Primary Care Trust, Russell Ward Head of Street Scene and Open Spaces at Basildon Council, Roy Short, Cultural Services Manager (BC) and Tracey Ridgewell, Youth and Community Engagement Co-ordinator (BC). As part of the Local Democracy Week campaign, the event helped to make the Council more relevant and useful to young people, encouraging young people to 'take part and take power'.
The young people had the opportunity to meet and debate with local councillors and other guests through a range of interactive and fun activities designed to make councils more relevant and useful to young people. The ‘question time’ event, which saw the young people grill their local representatives about pressing local issues proved to be very popular.
It was also a great forum for young people to share their ideas about how Basildon district could be improved for them and what they felt were highlights about living in their local area. Importantly, the event enabled the Councillors to meet with their younger constituents, providing an insight into their needs and concerns. The young people were also consulted on the Integrated Youth Strategy, which is under development.
The event was a great opportunity to improve young people’s democratic engagement and promote the importance of involvement in local politics. Basildon Council also took away lots of innovative ideas for improvement from the young people and aims to put some of these into reality.
Please see the photo album for more photos of this event.
Young People Links