Stratford-upon-Avon Youth Council

Stratford-upon-Avon Youth Council

Youth Councils are forums that represent the views of young people at a local level and are run by young people for young people.  They provide a positive way of integrating their views into the local community.  Quite simply, they give young people a voice which so often is not heard or ignored.

The Town Council is concerned that the lack of a Youth Council is a glaring omission in the decision making process, and unanimously resolved to provide a platform to empower our young people to have a say in what really matters to them as part of our community.

In July, Town Council unanimously resolved to establish a Steering Group of young members to engage in the process of setting up Stratford-upon-Avon’s first Youth Council.  It is important to note that the Town Council’s intention is to facilitate the Youth Council but not interfere or try to run it.  It really will be a Youth Council run by young people for the benefit of young people.

Initially, the Steering Group and Town Council members will work proactively together to begin to define the Youth Council’s responsibilities and its boundaries.  Clear objectives will be established and as the Youth Council progresses and matures, additional responsibilities and objectives could be assumed.

If you are an enthusiastic individual between the age of 13 and 18, live within the Stratford-upon-Avon town boundary and really want to make a difference, then you would be an ideal Steering Group member.  You may very well go on to be on the Youth Council, but this is obviously not guaranteed.

If you, or a young person you know, would like to apply to the Youth Council Steering Group please submit the following details to Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council.

  • Full name;
  • Age;
  • Postcode;
  • A brief paragraph explaining why you would like to join the Youth Town Council Steering Group.

You can either send these details via email to or by posting them to:

Town Hall
Sheep Street
CV37 6EF

Submissions must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 4 September, 2020.

The first meeting of the Youth Town Council Steering Group is due to take place at 4:30pm on Thursday 17 September, 2020.  The location of this meeting has yet to be confirmed.  If necessary, it may be held virtually using the Zoom platform.