Youth summit draws West Leeds students to Civic Hall


Young people in inner West Leeds have enjoyed a day of democracy at a Youth Summit in the prestigious setting of Leeds Civic Hall.

Schools from Armley, Bramley, Burley, Kirkstall and Stanningley were invited to send representatives to the day-long event in the Banqueting Suite.

Leeds West Academy pupils at the Civic Hall with Bramley councillor Caroline Gruen.

The purpose of the day was for young people to understand more about democracy and what Leeds City Council and its Councillors do. They also got the opportunity to meet the Lord Mayor and sit in the Council Chamber.

An important part of the day was young people taking part in round-table workshops to discuss what sort of activities they would like to see specifically for themselves in their area.

Councillor Fiona Venner (Chair of the Inner West Community Committee) said:

“This summit was a great opportunity for young people from across this area of the city to find out more about what goes on at the Council and what local councillors do.

“It was also an opportunity for young people to influence local decisions when it comes to planning activities for them. As part of the Council’s child-friendly ambitions we want to give young people more of a voice and this summit gave them the chance to share their views and ideas in relation to activities meant for them with city decision-makers.”

The event was organised by the Inner West Community Committee.


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