Young people show how they shape their futures

Wasif Awais and Daniaal Mohammed from the West Central Halifax Inter School Council
Wasif Awais and Daniaal Mohammed from the West Central Halifax Inter School Council

YOUNG people across Calderdale held a meeting with councillors about how they were shaping their own futures.

Nearly 30 children and young people met with members of Calderdale Council’s children and young people’s scrutiny panel this week.

The children came from seven organisations and gave presentations about the work they are doin to councillors at an informal meeting at the Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Halifax.

The organisations were: Calderdale Deaf Youth Project; 1K Voices - Live UnLtd, a web-based forum currently being developed for young people in Calderdale; The Young Researchers’ mapping Project, which is involved in developing inclusive leisure opportunities for children and young people with disabilities.

It also included: West Central Halifax Inter School Councill; Orange Box - MY PLACE, a group of young people involved in the development of the new Orange Box facility for young people, which is currently under construction in Halifax; Young Inspectors - young people who inspect council facilities and make suggestions on how they can be improved for the benefit of young people; and Barnardos - Children in care Council.

Panel chairman Councillor Colin Rastrick (Ind, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe) said members were impressed with the way in which children and young people from across Calderdale were working to shape their own futures.

He said: “It’s really important that the council and its partners listen to the views of young people and respond to their needs. Members have been really impressed with the way in which young people in Calderdale are engaged in shaping their future. Many of the young people we have met are the community leaders of tomorrow, so we need to take notice of what they say and make sure that they know that they can contribute towards making a real difference.”