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THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 24TH MARCH, 2014
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 17TH FEBRUARY, 2014
852 PROGRESS REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A YOUTH CABINET AND YOUTH MAYOR POSITION FOR THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN (CLSO) –
The report provided Committee with an update on the progress on the development of the Youth Cabinet and Youth Mayor and the involvement of young people and Vale Youth Forum Members and Trustees in the process to date.
To date the report advised that the Vale of Glamorgan Council Youth Service had been working in tandem with the Vale Youth Forum (VYF) to recruit new members and inject new energy into the VYF. Since September 2013, 55 new members had therefore been recruited. The young people came from all areas of the Vale, via schools’ youth groups and also as self-referrals.
In September 2013 work began to create an election pack for distribution to as many youth provisions across the Vale as possible, including statutory and voluntary provisions. A member of the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service or a colleague from a partner organisation went through the details of the pack and delivered a presentation to engage young people and highlight the development of the Youth Cabinet and Youth Mayor.
To date the VYF were working to an election deadline of 24th March 2014 and in the run up to that date the VYF members would receive training on raising awareness of learning difficulties / autism, Code of Conduct / Map of the Vale / Pros and cons, what it means to be a representative, a session the Youth Cabinet and Youth Mayor and everyone’s future-intergenerational work.
The report proposed that the Vale Youth Cabinet would meet regularly with Council officers, Councillors and Cabinet Members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council to put forward young people’s issues. These issues would be identified by the VYF which would have information from parent organisations. It was also proposed that the Youth Mayor position be nominated from the VYF with the Youth Mayor initially serving for one year and having a Deputy Youth Mayor in place for the same term of office. The report also noted that young people proposed that the main communication method within the VYF should be via social media platforms.
The lead officer for youth and community learning who was present at the meeting further informed the Committee that representatives of the VYF would also be meeting with the Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Members and that with regard to resourcing initiatives, officers were currently working with the voluntary sector.
The Chairman stated that he was pleased to note the progress that was being made with the intention that the Scrutiny Committee itself consider appointing a youth representative to sit on the Scrutiny Committee in a non-voting capacity. The Chairman also took the opportunity to congratulate the Youth Service for the work undertaken in increasing representation on the Vale Youth Forum from 7 to 55 members, following which it was subsequently
(1) T H A T the Committee note the progress to date in the establishment of a constituted Youth Cabinet and the development of an election process for a Youth Mayor position.
(2) T H A T a further report be presented to the Scrutiny Committee on the way forward for a member/s of the Vale Youth Forum to be represented on the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) and that Cabinet be informed of this intention.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) The establishment of a Youth Cabinet and Youth Mayor will provide a voice for young people in the Vale by which their views and ideas can be considered in Council decision making.
(2) In order that a representative for young people in the Vale can be considered to be appointed to attend Scrutiny Committee meetings.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 17th February, 2014