Young People Wanted for Youth Forum

"We want you" – that’s the message to young people from Belfast City Council which is seeking new members for its Youth Forum.

Applications are now open and more information on how to apply can be found on Council's website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfastyouthforum

Belfast City Council wants young people aged between 13 and 18 years old interested in an opportunity to become ‘Young Advocates’ for Belfast to help create positive changes in communities across the city. The Belfast Youth Forum gives young people a chance to campaign for change on social justice and children’s rights; work alongside politicians in council to improve the lives of young people; and organise and run campaigns and events designed to promote the voices of young people in the city.

Lord Mayor, Arder Carson, said: “The Belfast Youth Forum is a very important advisory body for the council as it allows the voice of young people to be considered when we are making decisions about the future of the city. I have met with young people from the forum on many occasions and they are fantastic advocates for their age group. They know they can make a difference, and they want to take the opportunities offered by the Youth Forum to make that difference and improve lives across the city.”

Taster sessions are being held in the City Hall on Saturday, 4 June and Friday, 10 June which will allow young people to get a feel for the work of the forum and allow council staff to select applicants for the second stage of recruitment. Forty places are available and new members will be announced in June.