Young people aged 11 to 16 years (16 to 21 years for those with special needs) who live or go to school in Hailsham are being asked to consider joining Hailsham Youth Council.
Launched in September 2009, Hailsham Youth Council works in partnership with local authorities, schools, voluntary organisations, youth clubs and other community-focused organisations. It aims to represent young people in Hailsham and surrounding villages, ensure that they have their say on what goes on in the town and give them the opportunity to influence key decisions.
The Youth Council has organised a number of outings in the past two years including a day trip to the Houses of Parliament, and has recently worked tirelessly on an active campaign to seek funding and planning permission for the construction of an outdoor gym in Hailsham.
“We are currently recruiting additional members to serve on the Youth Council,” said Hailsham Youth Council Chair Michael Cullen. “Members are able to connect and collaborate with other young people to help address the issues that affect the youth of Hailsham.”
“Being a member also offers a great opportunity to make new friends, learn more about how local government works and have their voice heard in the community.”
Andy Joyes, youth project coordinator at the Town Council, said: “Hailsham youth Council prides itself in being proactive by getting involved with local issues raised by younger people within the town. Youth councillors can take part in regular meetings, get involved in campaigns or projects and meet with local councillors and other key decision makers.”
“In a nutshell, your role as Youth Councillor will be a highly rewarding experience as not only will you able to make a difference to the lives of other young people in the area, but you can learn new skills, gain more confidence, and be involved in lots of exciting projects in aid of young people in the community.”
Hailsham Youth Council meets fortnightly on Friday afternoons on an informal basis at the Town Council Offices in Market Street. Members may occasionally be asked to attend formal Town Council meetings to discuss some issues or provide updates on project activities.
Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact Andy Joyes on 01323 841702 or send an email to email@example.com.
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org