Over the next month, some three thousand young people aged 11 to 19 from across the Epping Forest District are expected to make their views known about a number of the important local issues and services which affect their day-to-day lives.
Members of the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) have devised a questionnaire to gauge the opinions of young peoples from across the district about their five main priority issues.
These issues are leisure resources, crime and safety, transport, the environment and stereotypes of young people.
The questionnaire has been welcomed by local schools who will be lending their support towards completing this exercise. For local young people who are unable to access the questionnaire through their local school an online version will be hosted on the District Council website from Wednesday 18 June 2008.
The findings from this consultation will culminate in a `The Big Youth Debate ` event on Wednesday 19 November 2008 at Woolston Manor Golf Club, Chigwell.
Youth Councillor Duncan Haslam of Roding Valley High School said: The Big Youth Debate ` will give young people in Epping Forest the forum to air their views to a panel of very senior practitioners and service providers from the District and County Councils, Essex Police, the West Essex Primary Care Trust and House of Commons. It will be a great opportunity to kick-start making improvements to local services for young people in Epping Forest.
The event is being sponsored by the local Children and Young Peoples` Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) and will be facilitated by BBC Essex Radio Presenter, David Monk.
For further information about `The Big Youth Debate ` please contact EFDC Young Persons` Officer, Nick Robinson on 01992 564365.