Chippenham Youth Council 2020

Chippenham Town Council agreed to set up a Youth Council at Full Council on 27 March 2019 as they want to engage with young people in the town and involve them in the democratic process to inform and influence decisions that affect their lives.

A youth council is run by young people for young people so that they can get involved with the Town Council and local community. The youth council will work with the Town Council and other groups such as the Climate Emergency Advisory Group.
The Town Council has researched other youth councils and held a Youth Forum meeting which took place on 3 December 2019. Nineteen young people attended and took part in the workshops coming up with brilliant ideas and shared their opinions. They felt it important to get “youth representation in the Town” and “to allow young people to speak out and engage on things for future generations”.
The feedback from this Youth Forum meeting was very positive, the Town Council opened applications to be on Chippenham Youth Council in December 2019 and they will be open until Monday 20 January 2020.

Chippenham Youth Council will be supported by Chippenham Town Council but will be youth led, you will be able to meet and share ideas with other young people, enhance their communication and leadership skills and work with the community of Chippenham.

29 January 2020:

In January 2020, The Mayor of Chippenham, Leader of the Town Council and Chief Executive of Chippenham Town Council elected 17 members to form Chippenham Youth Council. The first meeting was held 29 January where the discussion involved:

• Elected Declan Kiely as Chairman and Ayla Erencan as Vice Chairman.
• All Youth Councillors present signed their ‘acceptance of office’ and agreed to the Terms of Reference.
• The Democratic Services Manager explained what Chippenham Town Council do.
• The Chippenham Community Engagement Manager for Wiltshire Council explained details of the Area Board meeting on Climate to be held on 3 February, all Youth Councillors were invited to attend.
• Youth Councillors discussed potential future agenda items including climate, litter, social clubs, dyslexia awareness month, homelessness and mental health services.