Young people go to the polls

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Voting in the district’s schools to elect new members to Epping Forest Youth Council is due to start in November.

45 candidates will compete for 25 places on the Youth Council which represents the voices and views of young people across the district. Each of the district’s 10 schools will have 2 places on the Youth Council and 5 independents make 25 places.

Head Girl Lisa Nakimuli, Head Boy Adam Freeman and Youth Councillor Hazel Towns

Epping Forest Youth Council

Epping Forest Youth Council are also known as EFYC. They are non-party political and represent the voice of young people at a local level at public meetings and events.

The Youth Council is made up of 25 democratically-elected young people aged from 12 and 17 representing  all the different areas of the Epping Forest district. Youth Councillors are regularly consulted with by providers of key services for young people.

Our youth councillors are elected for a 2 year term, this term is from 2016 to 2018. They are required to attend 2 evening meetings a month. Successful candidates will be trained to develop their skills in public speaking, debating, presenting and teamwork.

Views, issues and opinions of young people

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “I’m thrilled so many of our young people have put themselves forward to be in Epping Forest’s new youth council. I’m looking forward to working with them, listening to what they have to say and helping them make a difference to the lives of young people their age.”

“They are elected to represent the views, issues and opinions of young people across the Epping Forest district.”

Watch the results live

Councillor Kane added: “We will be webcasting the results live on the internet at 6pm on Wednesday 16 November.”

Tune in here to see who has been successful. You can subscribe to watch the webcast and receive an email notification so you don’t miss out!”

Candidates

Braeside School, Buckhurst Hill

  • Election date is Tuesday 8 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 4 candidates are Jessica Adams, Aman Bansal, Suzannah Halcrow and Sukhmani Singh

Chigwell School, Chigwell

  • No election as places are uncontested
  • Number of youth councillors elected is 2
  • 2 elected youth councillors are Chris Collins and Abigail Whelan

Davenant Foundation School, Loughton

  • Election date is Thursday 10 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 5 candidates are John Darcy, Marta Gokmen, Abbie Harper, Finlay Jordan and Alex Theodorou

Debden Park High School, Loughton

  • Election date is Friday 4 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 6 candidates are Drew Buisson, Esha Gohil, Jade Hardy, Alex Hantig, Jacob McNulty and Aimee Sorce

Epping Forest College, Loughton

  • No election as no candidates
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 2 candidates to be selected from unsuccessful candidates

Epping St John’s, Epping

  • Election date is Tuesday 1 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 6 candidates are Marley Dennis Chick, Sydney Hayden, Nina Honey, Memphis Jacobs, Gemma Rist and Annabelle Yaman

King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy, Waltham Abbey

  • Election date is Monday 7 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 3 candidates are Georgina Askew, Belle Dilek and Regan Hughes- Franklin

The Ongar Academy, Ongar

  • Election date is Wednesday 9 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 3 candidates are Abigail Collins, Jude Hammant and Oliver Upson

Roding Valley High School, Loughton

  • Election date is Friday 11 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 6 candidates are Riley Cann, Thomas Compton, Samuel Copeman, Harlea Cromwell, Raajveer Singh and Maitland Sonny-Warren

West Hatch High School, Chigwell

  • No election as places are uncontested
  • Number of youth councillors elected is 2
  • 2 elected youth councillors are Charley Brooks and Davin Bacheta

Independents, candidates attend school/college outside the district, excluded from school, home educated, or working

  • Election by selection using a set criteria
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 5
  • 8 candidates are Adam Freeman, Ashwin Gohil, Chloe Mckendrick, Lisa Nakimuli, Hazel Towns, Leonora Troshupa, Julie Turrel and Zachary Foster

Want more information

Contact Diane Butler, Youth Engagement Officer