New youth council for Wycombe district

Young people living in Wycombe district are set to get a new voice with a newly created youth council made up of representatives aged from 11 to 21.    

Every secondary, higher or further education centre in the district will be able to have a representative on the new council. Students from all across the district will be able to put themselves forward to be part of the new council which is being funded by Wycombe District Council.

The new Wycombe District Youth Council will meet six times a year. Each meeting will be held in one of the district’s main towns - High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough - on a rotation basis.

Youth council members will have a direct channel to, and regular contact with, Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Youth and External Partnerships, Councillor David Carroll. He will attend meetings and hear directly what young people think about local services and appreciate the issues which are important to them. This contact will help the council to reach out to young people and help ensure that its services take account of their needs and aspirations.

Councillor David Carroll Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Youth and External Partnerships said: "As well as delivering day to day services, the Council has to make longer term policies and plans for the future. These affect everyone, but the decisions we make today are decisions which will help to shape what happens tomorrow. We can’t make those decisions in isolation because they have a direct effect on the young people who live in Wycombe District.  A lot of young people have never had any direct contact with the council, so this is one way we can reach out to them and listen to what they have to say."

Details about how young people can be a part of the new youth council will be announced in the next few months.