Youngsters encouraged to take part in East Hampshire Youth Council

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YOUNG people who want to make a difference are being encouraged to join a local youth council.

East Hampshire Youth Council (EHYC) is calling for youngsters aged from 11 to 21 to sign up and join in at its next meeting on February 2 at Penns Place, in Petersfield, between 6.30pm and 8pm.

Members held their first Make a Difference Youth Conference in November which was attended by five schools.

The aim of the day was to encourage young people to run campaigns in their own schools and to understand that many political issues, such as the abolition of the education maintenance allowance, affect their age group.

Youth councillors can choose their own level of involvement and many have volunteered to help at council-run events such as Butserfest, a young people’s alcohol-free music event, the annual youth quiz and many other events and community meetings.

Anyone interested can call youth council co-ordinator Lara Nolan on 01730 234186 or come along to the meeting.