Sessions aimed at helping Community Councils engage with young people and strengthen local democracy
Argyll and Bute Council’s Youth Services team has been working with Young Leaders from Dunoon to successfully deliver engagement training to community councils across Argyll and Bute.
The training sessions focused on giving community councillors the practical skills to help them get young people involved in local democracy, ensuring meaningful participation.
Initially covering the theory of youth involvement, the young leaders explained the academic background to youth engagement. They then went on to put the theory into practice with interactive sessions including a snakes and ladders game and a language quiz, both designed to show the factors that work for and against youth involvement.
The session concluded that it is vital for community councils to think about the value of youth work and to arrange consultations/group work/creative exercises to practice the best way to engage with young people. It was also highlighted that local events were an ideal setting to meet and engage with young people.
Going forward the Youth Services team will work with community councils to identify young champions in their area who will help increase youth participation.
Beth Goodall, one of the young leaders who delivered the training, said: “The project was a great experience and it was really fun. I got a lot out of it – it helped increase my confidence and get a better understanding of how our community councils work.”
Christine Murdoch from Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council said: “Encouraged to try and engage young people in our area via the community council. Grateful for the youth leader’s input. A valuable experience.”
Councillor Rory Colville, Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “This was a very worthwhile initiative. It’s really encouraging to see young people getting involved in their local democracy and passing their knowledge on to community councillors. We would hope to see this initiative continue and, as a result of it, more young people to become community councillors.”
For further information and to arrange training for your community council please call Roanna Clark, Argyll and Bute Youth Participation Officer on 01546 604752 or at Roanna.firstname.lastname@example.org