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Nominations begin for Derbyshire's Youth Council

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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THE hunt is on to find Derbyshire’s next youth councillors.

The council is made up of 57 young people between the ages of 11 and 17.

Youth councillors are elected from across the county and get to have a say about things affecting young people.

Derbyshire County Council is looking for school children who think they have what it takes to get involved and stand for election.

Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “The Big Vote is a really important thing for young people to get involved in.

"It’s essential for them to be able to have their say about the things that affect them and their friends.

"Our fantastic youth councillors get to make decisions about services designed for them whilst gaining skills and experiences and having a bit of fun along the way too.

"So I would urge anyone who’s keen to have a say, to stand for election and help make a difference.”

Youth councillors hold a two year ‘term of office’ and attend around six conferences a year in Matlock or Chesterfield.

The qualities needed to be considered for the role are wanting to make a difference, caring about things that affect young people, being a good listener and having enough spare time to get involved.

Young people interested in standing for election can pick up a nomination form in school or download it at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/bigvote

Nomination forms need to be completed by Wednesday, February 12, and there will be the chance to vote for candidates.

The new youth council will be announced on Thursday, March 20 at County Hall in Matlock.

Anyone interested in the Big Vote can join in the conversation on Twitter by following @BigVoteDerbys and using #bigvote.

More information is available by emailing bigvote@derbyshire.gov.uk

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