St George’s Day Sponsored Walk

April 19, 2009 at 4:01 pm (Youth Council)

What a wonderful day for a walk along the prom! Thanks to Matt for turning up, suitably attired (do I really mean this? – Ask him yourself to find out what he was wearing!) The event wasn’t very well attended but those who did participate enjoyed themselves. The fun day in the Steyne was still going strong when I passed at 4.30 so this was very successful I think.
Can you let me have your sponsor money once you have collected it and I will then get it to Stray Cats.

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Durrington and East Worthing Community Conference

April 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm (Youth Council)

My thanks to James who attending this event with me. It was a good opportunity to raise awareness for young people particularly in this geographical area which is in line for great development in the very near future. It was a shmae more young people were not present, as throughout the event it was young people’s issues which were raised and no-one to bouce ideas off!
Whilst we were there we were approached by a young man who expressed an interest in joining the Youth Council… I invited him to tomorrows meeting, so hopefully you will all meet him then.

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Thursday 26th March 2009

March 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm (Youth Council)

Well the meeting to look at the Sustainable Communities Act was a bit of a disappointment – it was cancelled , the work done on Monday 23rd will not be in vain though as the meeting will be rescheduled. I will let you have details as soon as I have them.

In the meantime if any of you want some light (LOL) bedtime reading follow the link to the guide which is bound to drift you off into the land of nod before the first page is read!
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/sustainablecommunitiesact
Sorry you will have to cut and paste it – haven’t worked out how to hyperlink pages on this yet!

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New Council elected!

March 22, 2009 at 10:37 am (Youth Council)

Well election week went really well and the new councillors have all been notified by letter. The first meeting is on Monday 6th April at The Place Youth Cafe – please note the time is 10am – 12 noon as I am going to Bude with the Youth  Opportunity Fund Forum for a residential that day and unable to meet as normal in the evening, sorry guys 

All those who are interested in standing for Youth Mayor should come to that meeting prepared to give a short speech to the full council who will score the prospective candidates, that information will then determine which 2 candidates will be formally interviewed – probably after Easter due to holidays etc.

I am looking forward to meeting all the new councillors and to a very productive year ahead.

See you on all on 6th April ( if you cannot attend please send aplogies to shirley.robinson-viney@westsussex.gov.uk)

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Young people’s celebration event

March 14, 2009 at 9:44 pm (Celebrations)

Simon with the Band during the celebration

Simon with the Band during the celebration

Well its now 9.25pm and I have just arrived home after what I can only describe as a fantastic evening. Thanks to all who turned up and participated. We had over 120 people present at the event and the band were great – thanks to them for giving their time at such short notice, and I think the young people really enjoyed their music. The street dance group showed us all how to strut our stuff and performed well in front of the crowd.

It was good to see a few Worthing borough councillors and I think they were pleasantly surprised at the variety and number of young people recieving acknowledgement for their achievements during the past year. There were well over 70 young people who got a mention and probably double that number who were unable to attend on the night, and will recieve their certificates at their respective clubs in the next few weeks.

I had the opportunity to meet a couple of prospective youth councillors who were there and I hope they take the advise and get all their friends to vote for them next week.

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Community Engagement Task Force

March 12, 2009 at 9:22 pm (Youth Council)

I have just recieved information re this meeting, there is to be a working group to include young people from Worthing Youth Council and Adur Youth Council on 25th March, no details as yet but I am told it will be after school.

There is a document (Sustainable Communities Act) which you need to have read before then, I have emailed it to Bren, Emma and Tom W. We are all meeting on Monday 23rd March, 6.30 – 7.30pm to unpack the document so you have some background to what the meeting will be about on 25th. Please can you confirm either via the blog or email that you will be available for both these dates as it will be important to be at both.

See you all next Monday for our last meeting as the outgoing Youth Council.

Shirley

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Welcome!

March 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm (Youth Council)

Well this is the start for all you Youth Councillors out there to have your views heard.

As we approach our 2009 elections – next week – I always get slightly excited about who will apply and, more importantly, who will be successful and be elected onto the Council.

We have a very busy year ahead of us with a return visit of our friends from Waldkirch in Germany in October half term, and a possible trip to Germany for a ‘Respect/Tolerance’ conferenece in August/September time.

We have some work to do with the adult councillors to ensure that the ice rink will not just be something we had and don’t anymore… somewhere in the region of 70% of young people who responded to our recent consultation said they would like Worthing to have a rink, and I think that the numbers of users during February proved that it was a highly popular activity for young and old alike.

As a Youth Council we need to ensure that the shadow cabinet members are on top of their responsibilities and we don’t let this job slip. We need also to make sure we are represented on all Neighbourhood Community Panels.

The Community Engagement Task Force has now begun its work and it seems that we need to have a peer mentor helping the Youth Councillors get a grip on the jargon which is used at these meetings – I have also contacted the Adur Youth Forum to ensure this group of young people have a vioce in this very important arena as it has been decided by the adults that this will be one of the joint ventures for the 2 districts.

We are to try something new this year, focus group meetings and preparation for meetings can now be done after the main meeting on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, giving you time  when you are already out and about rather than having to turn out on yet another evening, especially during the winter months.

Don’t forget the young person’s celebration event this coming Saturday, all welcome, free food – has to be a winner – and you should get certificates but you must let me know you will be there…. The Glynn Owen Centre 14th March 2009 6pm – 8pm and we will finish with a live band! Not to be missed!

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