Giving Horsham District's young people a voice

Edition: Summer 2022

Our Community Development team have recently developed the Horsham District Youth Forum with the aim of bringing young people aged 11 to 18 together to discuss topics which are important to them.

Youth Forum members at a meeting with pizza

The pandemic was particularly tough for our young people and we see the Youth Forum as a vitally important tool to encourage a two-way conversation between young people of the District and the Council. We want to better understand the views of those individuals who represent the future of the District and we are sure there is a hunger in the younger community to help shape future decision-making.

We believe that by adopting an approach primarily using social media, we will be able to establish a much wider network of engagement with this age group, though we will hold face to face meetings with them as well.

We encourage any young person who wants to be heard and is willing to work to seek change to join us.

Our first objective is to listen to participants. We will then work with them to increase awareness of the issues they identify, then work with council partners and parents to create change.

Get involved

We currently meet at the Wellbeing Centre in central Horsham with pizza and drinks once a month. Please email youth@horsham.gov.uk if you have any queries or would like to become involved.

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