Council signs partnership agreement with Youth Council

Published: 22nd April 2016

In what the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, described as ‘a unique and historic occasion’ a partnership agreement between Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Fermanagh and Omagh Youth Council was signed on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

The aims of the agreement are to create a sense of common identity and purpose between the two organisations and to give recognition to the Youth Council as a representative voice for young people in the district. This will assist the Council in engaging with the youth population, identifying issues which affect them and formulating actions to address these.

Through this partnership agreement young people will be represented in the district and will be given the opportunity to become actively involved in Council consultation and participate in decision making on issues concerning youth. Councillors will be nominated to sit on the Youth Councils in both Omagh and Enniskillen, ensuring that there is a direct link between young people and the Council.

Speaking at the signing of the agreement Councillor O’Reilly said that the signing of the partnership agreement would go some way to redress the perception that young people occasionally feed disenfranchised and ignored when decisions are made which impact on them, and confirmed the commitment to providing you people with a voice.

“It is often said that today’s young people are our leaders of tomorrow.  I believe that our young people are today’s leaders.  The members of Fermanagh and Omagh Youth Council are the representatives of their peers and I am confident that they are more than able to provide the leadership skills required to ensure that their voice is heard. As someone who has been involved in Youth Work for more than 25 years, I am well aware of the issues which are important to young people today and as an elected representative, I look forward to working with the members of Fermanagh and Omagh Youth Council as part of this partnerhsip”, Councillor O’Reilly added.

Councillors will attend three meetings of the Youth Council each year as well as an AGM at which an action plan for the following year will be agreed.

 

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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