Supporting Youth Voice in Eastbourne

In a motion put forward at Full Council on 28th February, Eastbourne Borough Council officially adopted a motion aimed at amplifying the youth voices in the Borough.

Aimed at encouraging civic engagement and youth participation in civic matters, the motion sets out to support ways to enhance opportunities for the younger generation, including opportunities for young people to talk about their priorities and from their perspective. 

Submitted by Cllr Jenny Williams BEM and seconded by Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Cllr Stephen Holt, the motion sets out a commitment to amplify the perspectives of young people in decision-making processes that shape the present and future of the town, and support opportunities for positive engagement.

This motion marks a pivotal moment in Eastbourne’s commitment to youth engagement and collaborative decision-making.

Councillor Stephen Holt ‘We were inspired by the voices of the young people and to hear the issues that were important to them.  So many of them were resonant with the concerns of so many of our residents.  It is important that we find ways to ensure that our younger generation feel part of the town and feel connected to civic engagement.”

Councillor Williams ‘It is an honour that this is my maiden motion, and highlights how important it is that we include the younger generation in our decision making and actively promote ways to listen and respond to the local issues that are important to them.  I would like to thank the young people for their thoughtful approach, they brought considered insight into what it is like to be a young person in Eastbourne and in them I saw our leaders of tomorrow.’