Securing the best start in life for our children and young people
Empowering young people
Stroud District Council, Stevenage Borough Council
Stroud District Council support a vibrant Youth Council and Youth Forums across the district. Young people are mentored to develop skills that enable them to deal maturely and professionally with adult agencies. They challenge statutory agencies who provide services for young people and they raise the profile of young people’s issues in the district. They have become so well respected that the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health invited youth members to sit on the commissioning panel for new mental health services for young people in Gloucestershire.
Stevenage Borough Council actively consults with children and young people to help inform improvements to their local play areas. During 2018 over 350 children and young people were consulted about improvements to four sites across the town. This approach supports young people in making decisions about the services provided for them, ensures budgets are spent effectively, results in a decrease in vandalism to the improved sites, and has resulted in 90% increases in satisfaction with local play areas.