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Who are we?
We are NWLYC. We represent the 8000 young people in North West Leicestershire. Voice work in North West Leicestershire is going through a transitionary phase at the moment, where we are moving from the established Youth Council and executive model to a more representative, devolutionary system. We are currently setting up locality forums where young people across the different localities are getting together to have their voices heard on a regular and local level. This means that we are able to encourage young people who wouldn’t normally be involved in formal youth councils to have their say.
To that end, Youth Development Workers have been setting up forums in in Ashby and Measham (J11), Ibstock and Coalville, Castle Donington and Kegworth and Greenhill and Agar Nook. They are all at different levels and don’t all have to work in the same way, but the key is to establish good communication links between them all. In addition, we have also established good links with student and school councils from across the area.
So far, we have seen the production of a termly voice newsletter, contributed to by all the locality forums, student councils, the district council, and other voluntary agencies. The idea is to share information and join people up where appropriate so that groups working on similar projects, or those interested by a piece of work in a different area can get together and pool ideas and resources. More and more contributions are being written by young people themselves, and it’s a great way of being in touch with what’s going on. Click on the link on this page if you want to see the newsletter.
As the former chair of NW Leics youth council, Jess Murtagh is now the young person's rep for NW Leics. This means that she attends a lot of the locality forum meeting, feeds info between them, and is our main link with CYCLe - again feeding info both ways between the two. It's early days, but it's working really well. It has become a much more representative system where more and more young people's voices are getting heard.
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