East Cambridgeshire District Council know how important it is for children and young people to be engaged and connected with their local services.
It helps young people to build good relationships within their community, and enables the Council and its partners to develop services with all age groups in mind.
Sharing your thoughts about where you live, study, and how you spend your free time is a really good way to make sure that the Council can continue to make East Cambridgeshire a positive, safe and nice place to live.
There are many ways that children and young people can get involved, from completing surveys, being part of a focus group, or signing up to local youth networks such as the East Cambs Youth Advisory Board.
Detailed below are some of the ways you can get involved in consultations and engage with local services.
Register of consultees
If you would like the opportunity to get involved in local decision making, then why not join the Council's register of consultees? This is a good way to give us your views about the decisions we make, and the services we provide. You can join this register on your own, or as part of a group, for example as a youth club. You can choose your areas of interest such as transport, parks and leisure, equalities, disability and more.
Completing a survey
The Council regularly consult with members of the public. Consultation is an activity that involves asking local people to share their thoughts. Examples of this type of engagement could be a questionnaire about a new addition to a play area, a new safety measure, or just to gather the communities thoughts on services already in place, to help us decide where and how to make changes.
Youth Engagement Partnership - The Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Engagement Partnership comprises of young people and the organisations that support them.
The Youth Advisory Board is made up of a group of young people and professionals who meet twice a month to discuss any issues which impact young people.
Each year the Youth Advisory Board develops a questionnaire based consultation which is sent out to schools and on social media. Young people can also sign up to receive this on the website.
Young people can also be a part of interview panels, focus groups, and get involved in meetings.
Cambs Youth Panel
Initially set up in 2016 by the Police in East Cambridgeshire, the Cambridgeshire Youth Panel works with Local Councils and Members of Parliament.
The panel meets once a month and gives advice and guidance on all matters that affect young people to those who make the important decisions in our region.
The Youth Panel are looking for new members aged between 11 and 18. A great way to get involved!
Many of the organisations aimed at young people run their own consultations and are continually seeking to engage with individuals, schools or groups of young people.
Some of the organisations are listed below, with links to their own web pages where you will find information about how you can engage and connect with the services that interest you: