Youth of Liverpool City Region came together at an inaugural Youth Summit as part of the UK Parliament Week, with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and senior decision makers from across the Combined Authority.
Voice of the Region Youth Assembly hosted an inaugural Youth Summit raising the issues important to young people across the region, and looking at ways the Mayor can work with groups of young people to deliver a modern approach to the future development of the region.
On Wednesday 15th November, young people from across the six City Region local authorities came together at the St Helens Wicked Stadium and engaged with politicians and decision makers, to find solutions and improve four key areas; transport, poverty, housing and bridging the skills gap.
Youthfocus NW has been supporting a group of young people from across the Liverpool Combined City Region to plan and deliver the Youth Summit in conjunction with the Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham. The Mayor’s office is establishing a Liverpool City Region Youth Assembly that will meet to represent, inform and scrutinise the plans for the Merseyside Region.
Louis Campbell, Youth Councillor for Knowsley said‘’after the decisions that have been made in the past such as the EU referendum, which didn’t involve young people’s opinions, this convention will give young people the chance to get their opinions expressed.’’
Matthew Walker, Youth Councillor for Halton and Steering Group member for Youthforia said ‘’After enjoying my time in Halton Youth Cabinet over the past 5 years, when the opportunity presented itself to be something which covered a bigger area I was really keen to get involved. I really hope that this group will draw young people in and encourage them to speak out on their opinions and make sure that they are listened to.’’
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool Metro Mayor said “I am delighted to be attending the event and see this a great opportunity to start a process of engagement with young people from across the City Region. So many of the big issues and challenges that we face will impact on young people and future generations. It’s absolutely vital that they have a voice in influencing policy and shaping our future vision.”