Young people are to be given a voice at the Young peoples
Participation Conference on Saturday 7 November. The event brings together young people
from across the county with politicians and senior people from major youth agencies.
The Conference is jointly sponsored by the County Council and Conoco. This event will
put young people who currently contribute to the work of successful youth projects
alongside MPs, local politicians and senior representatives of all the major youth
Young people will give presentations, chair meetings, run workshops and help
administrate the entire event.
Projects featured include the Crescent Youth Club from Nuneaton, the Rugby Youth Focus
Groups, the Depot Information and Advice Project from South Warwickshire, the Voices Group
from Leamington Spa and the North Warwickshire Young Peoples Participation Project.
Paul Verity, Policy Development Officer from Warwickshire County Council, explains:
"We are currently developing a Policy for Young People to give them a say in the
way in which services are developed for todays youth.
"If we take the trouble to ask for the views of young people and listen seriously
to what they say then we can develop services that are truly relevant to them. This
conference is one significant way that we can take that theory of listening and put it
Councillor Ray Sweet, Chair of the Council, added:
"This event signals a very important developemnt in the process of securing a more
positive position for young people within our communities.
"It has become depressingly familiar for young people to be blamed for everything
that goes wrong in our neighbourhoods, when the numbers involved in real trouble are only
"We dont want to overlook the tremendous skills and energy that young people
"If we are going to plan services that are needed by young people then we
need to ask them what they think about what were doing and how we can improve the
The conference will be held at the Leycester Conference Suite, Conoco Centre, Warwick.