Epping Forest Youth Council hosted a special evening in the Council Chamber at Epping Forest District Council to recognise and celebrate the work that youth groups carry out in the district.
Before the event started, groups were able to visit the ‘Market Place’, which provided information for young people on all sorts of organisations, including the Scouts, the NHS, Samaritans and various youth groups.
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A packed Council Chamber then heard about 23 various youth groups, who were then presented with a certificate of thanks by the Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin, Leader of the Council Councillor Chris Whitbread and Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing Councillor Liz Webster.
Various speakers from Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Essex County Council Youth Services, Youth Futures and the Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs provided information on opportunities for funding, volunteering and training. The Young Citizen of the Year and Youth Councillor Jaymey McIvor encouraged everyone to nominate a Young Citizen and Youth Councillor Imogen Padwick encouraged as many people as possible to stand for election to the Youth Council early in 2014.
In between presentations young talent was showcased when local performers entertained guests. Also during the evening ‘A young person’s guide to volunteering’ was launched. This handy wallet contains useful information for young people on volunteering and doubles up as a travelcard wallet.
Councillor Mary Sartin said: “The Epping Forest Youth Council has done a fantastic job in organising this event and I congratulate them all. These groups work very hard, often voluntarily, to provide activities for our young people and they are all to be applauded.”
Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “I am absolutely delighted that so many groups came along to the evening. It was a pleasure to recognise them all officially.”
Councillor Liz Webster said: “This was a wonderful way to celebrate our young people and all those who provide such diverse activities for them throughout the district.”
The groups represented were:
- 4th Loughton Guides
- Accuro – Loughton Youth Group
- The Box
- DNA Studios
- Epping Forest Community Theatre
- Epping Green Youth
- Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs
- Lambourne End
- Limes Farm Youth Centre
- Loughton Centre for Young People
- Loughton Youth Project
- National Citizenship Scheme
- Red Squirrels Explorer Scouts Unit, Waltham Abbey
- The Space
- Theydon Youth
- Way 2000
- Youth Bus
- Youth Plus
- Zinc Youth Theatre
Unable to attend were:
- 414 Squadron ACT
- Epping Forest South District Scouts
- Friday Light – Restore Church
- Shotokan Karate
- XL Youth
All groups that attended will be able to apply for a small grant of £100 from the council towards their work.
The local performers were:
Amber Maclean and Georgia Edmondson, Stacey and Georgina Cockram and Max Albert.