Croydon is calling for more young people aged between 11-18 years old to join the borough’s youth forum and have a voice in the important issues affecting them and their community.
Croydon Youth Forums engages and empowers young people aged 11-18 by giving them a platform where they can provide feedback, thoughts and ideas on issues important to them through fortnightly meetings. From crime to careers, social care to summer fun, Croydon’s youth forums cover a huge range of local issues, enabling young people to find out what’s going on in their community and have their say.
Young people will also have the opportunity to learn new skills such as public speaking, campaigning, networking and teamwork.
Forum members are offered support, resources and information as well as a safe environment where they can plan, lead campaigns and work together to help shape a better Croydon for young people.
Sumaiya Bangura, 15, Old Palace School student, member of the Croydon Youth Forum and chair of the London Youth Assembly, said: “Croydon’s Youth Forum is made up of two groups, one meeting in New Addington in Fieldway Centre, and one meeting in South Norwood in Samuel Coleridge Taylor Centre. Both groups meet fortnightly.
“Our borough is one that is seeing exciting change, and with that change we need the vision of young people in Croydon to help guide it. Through eye-opening discussions, exciting debates and interesting workshops, Croydon Youth Forum members play an important part in our borough. As part of the last project we completed, the Young Croydon website was updated to provide guidance on what services were available to young people across Croydon.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning
“Our aspiration is for more young people across the borough to have a voice in the important issues affecting them and their community.
“Covid-19 has affected young people in many ways, from worries about their education and career opportunities to their mental health and wellbeing. As Croydon continues to recover from the pandemic and our services are shaped to better meet the needs of our residents, it’s more important than ever to ensure that our young people’s voices throughout the borough, are heard.”