Be Heard! Be Here!
A sporting icon and the Dean of Gloucester Cathedral joined senior local politicians to encourage young people to get more involved in local democracy and their community.
Gloucester rugby legend, Phil Vickery and Reverend Stephen Lake, along with political leaders from the City and County Councils were on a panel, chaired by Ian Mean, answering questions from local young people.
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The 'Be Heard! Be Here!' event was organised by the City and County Councils and hosted by Gloucestershire College and was attended by around 50 young people from schools in the city as part of Local Democracy Week.
A 'marketplace' saw stalls from a variety of Council departments and local organisations – including Young Gloucestershire, St Johns Ambulance, GL1 and Skillzone. It was coupled with a 'speed networking' session to give young people the chance to talk with as a number of local councillors.
Councillor Jennie Dallimore, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, commented: " Young people often feel that they don't have a voice, can't be heard and don't know how to get involved.
" This event was designed to demonstrate that there are lots of different ways you can get involved in your community and at lots of different levels.
" I was delighted with how many young people came along and with the depth of their interest and the questions they asked. My hope is that they will all go back to their individual schools and help to spread that message amongst their peers."