Council wants to know what young people think will make Bishop's Waltham a better place in which to live

YOUNG people are being asked to shape the future of a town.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 4th November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:52 pm
FUTURE Young peoples views are being sought on what will make Bishops Waltham better
FUTURE Young peoples views are being sought on what will make Bishops Waltham better

The Bishop’s Waltham Town Team (BWTT) is working in partnership with Bishop’s Waltham Youth Club (BWYC) to create a fun event for young people to put their views across.

The Voice 4 Youth event takes places on Saturday, November 12 at Jubilee Hall, Little Shore Lane, and is aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds from Bishop’s Waltham and the surrounding area.

Participants will be given the opportunity to try a range of free activities including inflatable laser tag, tennis and a food stall.

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The aim of Voice 4 Youth is to engage with young people in order to learn about their interests and hear their ideas for the future of their community.

With the support of BWYC, the event will include an interactive survey, focus groups and discussions.

The young people will be encouraged to think big as their imaginative and creative ideas could become a reality for Bishop’s Waltham.

Councillor Steve Miller, who is responsible for economic development on Winchester City Council, said: ‘It is essential for the future vitality of town centres that we understand what young people want from them.

‘Through this event, the town team is creating an opportunity for young people to shape and influence their community and to have a positive contribution on future activities organised by the team.’

The event is being sponsored by Southern Co-operative as part of a programme of activities funded by it and organised by Winchester City Council’s Market Towns Development team.

Volunteers from Southern Co-operative will be organising a hands-on food stand at which young people can make their own wraps using a range of fresh ingredients.

Coaches from Active Academy Tennis will supervise indoor tennis games and volunteer youth workers from Bishop’s Waltham Youth Club will support the focus groups and discussions.

The event is from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Go to