Oswestry Youth Council
Oswestry Youth Council was formed in 1999; the basis for its foundation was that the Town Council felt strongly that young people had a valuable role to play in the development and future of the town.
The views and opinions of the Youth Council are reported to the Town and Shropshire Councils. Members of both Councils encourage the involvement of young people in local issues and in turn take on board and act upon the issues raised.
The Youth Council has representation from The Marches School, Oswestry School, Walford & North Shropshire College, Oswestry Youth Café and The Centre.
Grant Award Presentation
YOUTH COUNCIL GRANT SCHEME AWARDS
Three organisations applied for this year's £1,000 Youth Council Grant Scheme and it was agreed at the March meeting to award the following grants, the cheques were presented by Councillor Chris Schofield;
Oswestry School - Social Enterprise Society
Members of the Social Enterprise Society plan and arrange charitable and social events throughout the school year. Their aim is 'to make things happen'. The Society's charity focus this year is to fund Dalits - low class Indian children.
The Social Enterprise Society are also fund raising to buy an eco-friendly picnic table with 4 seats plus wheelchair access to be sited on the quarry site which is used by years 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13. Currently there is no external seating in this area.
Youth Council Grant Award
Oswestry School - Social Enterprise Society £400.00
L to R; Charles Yeung, Josh Page, Councillor Chris Schofield, Elise Fisher, Darcie Farnsworth
The Centre - Big Music Project
The aims of The Centre are to;
- Offer new opportunities to young people
- Create a safe environment to meet
- Big Music Project will engage young people in learning new skills, teaching others, gaining accreditation and being more involved in the music industry. 100 plus young people will be involved.
The Centre requires equipment for the music project to train young people in guitar, drums, recording, writing and preforming.
Youth Council Grant Award
The Centre - Big Music Project £200.00
Councillor Chris Schofield, Josh Page
Marches School - Gardening Club
A group of students in the school have asked about a gardening club and have shown interest in developing an existing plot.
The aim would be to encourage students who need extra support school. It would provide an opportunity for students to learn about their own environment and also take responsibility for maintaining the garden/plot.
The students who wish to develop this project are often the students who have a statement, need support and lack social confidence. It is hoped the students will feel empowered to grow their own produce, tidy up the area and make the plot accessible to all.
It would take significant amount of effort to get the garden up to a safe standard and some financial support is needed to do this.
Youth Council Grant Award
Marches School - Gardening Club £400.00
Simon Clay, Kieran Mounsey, Councillor Chris Schofield, Josh Page
Cae Glas Park Children’s Play Equipment Scheme
The Youth Council were consulted on the new children's play equipment in the Park. Members suggested the types of equipment they wanted included for toddlers up to teenagers. They then selected the preferred scheme out of 5 options provide by the companies involved.
The Youth Council's recommendations were approved by the Town Council at their meeting on 25th January 2012, total cost £102,827.89.
The equipment was installed in April and continues to be a great success.
High Sheriff’s Young Citizenship Award
The Youth Councillors were nominated for this award by Shropshire Youth Association to recognise their commitment in being a Member of the Youth Council and the important decisions and work they carry out to improve conditions for young people in the Town.
The Award Ceremony was held on 27th March 2012 at the Telford College of Arts & Technology and the Members were presented with certificates by the High Sheriff of Shropshire.
The Youth Council was very much involved in consultations regarding furnishings and decoration of the new My Place Centre.
Members were invited to a Consultation Day on 14th February 2012 at Holbache Road, Oswestry to decide on furniture for the café and bar.
It was very important that young people were involved in the decision making process for My Place which is essentially a meeting place for young people.
The Youth Council has a Grant of £1,000 to be awarded each year to youth initiative schemes.
The criteria for deciding the award of the Youth Council Grants;
- For the benefit of organisations or groups that are based in Oswestry and providing town wide benefit for the younger generation of the town;
- No grant should be for the sole benefit of a single individual;
- The decision of the Youth Council if properly convened and fully representative of its membership shall be final.
2011/12 Applications and Awards
- Oswestry Youth Café - PS3 games and a safe server for multi access to Minecraft for the new Gaming Club held every Tuesday at the Café - £200.00
- Oswestry Youth Café - to fund an appropriately qualified member of staff to deliver Duke of Edinburgh or similar accreditation - £200.00
- Oswestry School - to renovate and improve the Sixth Form Common Room - £200.00
- Marches School - building a pond for the students of the school, local primary schools and the local community - £400.00
Interested in joining the Youth Council?
If you are interested in joining the Youth Council then please contact us via any of the methods below.