Youth Council Expansion

As part of my manifesto for the current young mayor term, I have committed to working towards establishing a network of Youth Councils across Surrey so that every young person can have their say. Joining the existing Youth Councils listed in our Surrey Youth Voice Directory, I aim to create modern, innovative and connected youth councils across Surrey’s remaining 7 boroughs and districts.

I am pleased to announce that work has already begun to this effort, starting with reaching out to the Chief Executives and Mayors that run Surrey’s 11 boroughs and districts. I have already had positive initial discussions at Tandridge and Spelthorne. Epsom & Ewell, Guildford and Waverley have also all committed to discussing my proposition further.

My vision for these new youth councils is to create a model of how a modern Youth Council can operate - youth-led, project focused and interacting with national youth voice like the Make Your Mark survey. A Youth Council should not be constrained by the structures of the past but be dynamic and represent the goals of the young people who are contributing.

Communication is a big part of this vision. Maintaining an effective youth voice under a multiple tier system of local democracy is difficult and has, in the past, led to only a small subgroup of young people being able to have their views elevated to the county and national level. This must change. That is why I am dedicating my own time and effort, as well as colleagues from the successful Surrey Heath Youth Council, to create a model of working that is consistent across all and utilises technology to keep young people talking and collaborating.

I am hopeful that we will succeed in the face of adversity and continue to work towards achieving this goal. The role of Young Mayor is all about brining together young people’s voices and I am determined to succeed.

Thanks for reading,

Jacob Wrenn

Surrey Young Mayor