Call to Derbyshire youngsters over youth council vote

YOUNG people in Derbyshire have until Friday, February 10, to nominate themselves for election in the Big Vote for Derbyshire Youth Council.

The election, run by Derbyshire County Council, is open to students from Derbyshire secondary and special schools, along with colleges in the county. There will also be a young person elected to represent looked after children.

Youth council members get involved with decision-making and have their say about issues that affect young people.

Once nominations are in, young people will have until Sunday 18 March to campaign for votes from their fellow school students. Voting takes place between Monday 19 and Friday 23 March. Results will be announced at a special Big Vote event at Derbyshire County Council headquarters in Matlock on Thursday 29 March.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “If you care about things that affect young people, why not nominate yourself for election? You don’t have to be top of the class or a whizz at public speaking. You just have to want to make a difference and represent your fellow students”.

Nomination forms are available in all Derbyshire secondary and special schools. They are also available to download at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/bigvote.