Youth council - IMPACT
Warrington Youth Council (IMPACT) is a youth forum made up of young people who want to have a say in how the town and services on offer in Warrington can improve for them.
Who can attend?
Any young person aged between 11-19 who lives or attends school within Warrington can attend the youth council meetings. The elected members of youth parliament and their deputies attend every meeting to share the views of their constituents.
When are the meetings?
Warrington Youth Council meetings are every Thursday evening at Warrington Youth Café. Youth workers support the meetings which are chaired and ran by young people.
Warrington Youth Council members regularly meet with both Steve Reddy, the Executive Director for Families and Wellbeing, and lead councillors where they are able to put their ideas and view across and to take feedback from their recommendations.
What does the group do?
Warrington Youth Council is an action group. They have previously looked at issues affecting young people such as accessible and affordable public transport, bullying, recycling in schools and the council’s budget.
Warrington Youth Café is a prime example of the strong influence of Warrington Youth Council with local decision makers. IMPACT Warrington Youth Council consulted young people on the provision they would like to see in the town centre and presented the results of their consultation to the council. Councillors took into account young people’s wishes and youth café was launched in town centre in 2011.
Warrington Youth Council members are even asked to interview candidates applying for important jobs at the council.