Clackmannanshire Youth Forum met for the first time this week.
And already the young people have had their say on the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan for the area (LOIP).
The LOIP is a ten-year plan which aims to ensure inequalities in the area are reduced and Clackmannanshire is a place where all people can prosper.
The Youth Forum is an extension of the Youth Council, with a wider membership coming from Alloa, Alva and Lornshill Academies and four of our primaries: Lochies, Redwell, St Mungo’s and Sunnyside.
At their first meeting they were supported by Council staff, The Children’s Parliament and Councillor Graham Lindsay, spokesperson for Education, to exchange ideas on how to improve life for everyone in Clackmannanshire, as well as discussing how they can work together in future to discuss issues that impact young people at national and local level.
A further two meetings of the Youth Forum are planned this year which aims to ensure that the Council is engaging with young people as part of the decision-making process.
Councillor Graham Lindsay welcomed the progress of the group and added: "I'm delighted that there is an inclusive approach to ensure we hear the voices of a range of young people in Clackmannanshire. The voice of young people is pivotal in setting priorities and shaping the future of Clackmannanshire and is part of our Keeping the Promise commitment.”
The Promise is a national commitment that by 2030 all children and young people will grow up loved, safe and respected so that they realise their full potential.