TV favourite used to collect young people’s views (29/09/09)

Youngsters in Tain and Easter Ross have been taking part in a Big Brother diary room project to get their views across at the next Ward Forum in the area.
All residents of Tain and Easter Ross – both young and young at heart - are invited to their next Ward Forum to hear about the range of youth work going on and discuss how the Highland Council with its other partners can improve the youth work service they provide locally.

The Ward Forum is being held in the Tain Youth Café and those attending will also be able to see the full extent of the venue, which is operated by the YMCA, and hear what other facilities it offers in and around Tain.

Nigel Brett Young, The Council’s Adult and Youth Services Officer, said he hoped people would take this opportunity to help shape the service being delivered across the Ward.

“The Council and the Tain Youth Café youth workers have put together a short film of young people’s views which gives their perspective on subjects that are important to them.  We know the community representatives would like to hear their views and hit upon this idea as a way of collecting them because young people usually shy away from speaking at an event like the Ward Forum.”

“The Big Brother diary room is just one of many ways that youth workers engage youngsters in discussions about what is important to them - what they would like to see happening in their area and how they themselves can be actively involved,” he added.

All Community Councils in the Tain and Easter Ross Ward, and other representative community organisations, are members of the Ward Forum and they all have the opportunity to feed the views of their communities into the subjects being discussed – and using more conventional methods is absolutely fine too!

The Tain and Easter Ross Ward Forum is being held in the Tain Youth Café, Stafford Street, Tain, on Wednesday 7 October from 7.30pm to 9.30pm with a 20-minute slot allocated at the end of the meeting for questions from the public.  Refreshments and youth work displays will be available from 7pm to 7.30pm.

If you have an enquiry about the Forum; would like to submit questions in advance of the meeting; or have any special requirements/needs to help you take part, please contact Carol Elliot at Tain Service Point or by phoning 01349 886643.   

Further information, agendas and past Ward Forum notes can also be found on the Highland Council website www.highland.gov.uk under “Your Ward”.

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