East Sussex County Council seeks young disabled decision makers

ARE YOU a young disabled person who wants to make a difference?

If so East Sussex County Council wants to hear from you.

The council is looking for individuals aged 13 to 19 who would be interested in being part of a team of young decision makers who will allocate grants to help young disabled people get involved in the same kind of activities that others enjoy.

East Sussex YouthBank is an exciting project that puts young people in the lead over how money is spent.

The East Sussex YouthBank has been allocated £50,000 to distribute in grants from the Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People’ programme funded by the Government’s Early Intervention Grant.

But in order to make the right decisions about how to allocate this money and what projects to fund, the council is looking for young people with disabilities to help.

Sarah, 14, has been a member of the East Sussex YouthBank decision making panel.

She said, “I like having the chance to make a difference. It makes you feel like you’re doing something and that just because you’re young doesn’t mean you haven’t got a voice.

“I’ve learnt what grants are good ideas and am now able to make much more confident decisions.”

Cllr Colin Belsey, the County Council’s Lead Member for Children and Families, said, “The East Sussex YouthBank has given young people the chance to make a real difference to their local community and help improve youth services for everyone.

“Young people are involved at every stage and with this particular grant we feel it’s really important that young people with disabilities get involved in making the decision about which projects to fund.”

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Tracey Johnson at East Sussex County Council on tracey.johnson@eastsussex.gov.uk or call 01424 726086.