Young people urged to be part of neighbourhood working group

September 25 2015

THE Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership is urging young people to get involved in local decision making.

THE Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership is urging young people to get involved in local decision making.

A young people’s working group has been established, with its first meeting held in July, which saw the attendance of students from Cotham School and the Bristol Youth Council. But councillors are keen to recruit more people.

Cotham councillor Dani Glazzard, who has been involved in the group, says that not enough young people are engaging in BCRNP forums and meetings, so their views are not being represented at a local level.

Councillor Glazzard said: “It’s important that the work we are doing as councillors is representative of the people living in the area, and everyone’s needs are being met in the community.

“However, young people are not feeding in their views and ideas to us, so we need to find ways we can better engage with this group.

“We need to speak in ways that are relevant to young people, make them feel integrated in the community, and find out how they would like to be involved in local decision making.”

Bishopston councillors Tim Malnick and Daniella Radice said: “When we look around the room in some of our local decision making groups and committees, we are all getting on a bit.

“This is good because there are some engaged and highly experienced local volunteers, but it’s not so good because we really want local decisions to reflect the whole community’s views and younger people are often under-represented in these sorts of groups.”

If you are – or know – a younger person living in the area, who would like to shape local priorities and decisions, contact your local councillors Dani Glazzard (dani.glazzard@bristol.gov.uk), Tim Malnick (tim.malnick@bristol.gov.uk) or Daniella Radice (daniella.radice@bristol.gov.uk).