Time to stand for East Sussex’s Youth Cabinet

Young people in East Sussex are being urged to make their voices heard - by standing for election to the county’s Youth Cabinet.

The Big Vote 2013 will offer youngsters the chance to represent their peers for the next two years and to campaign on issues which affect their lives.

Almost 9,000 young people cast their vote in the last election in 2011, with applications now open for candidates to stand in this year’s poll, to be held in November and December.

Amy Gough, a 16-year-old former pupil of Seaford Head Community College, was elected to the Youth Cabinet to represent the Coastal constituency two years ago.

She said, “I decided to stand because I wanted not only to voice young people’s opinions but to do something about them. I’ve met so many lovely young people and the work that everyone has put in to helping young people in East Sussex is incredible.”

The achievements of the current Youth Cabinet include work on developing a new ‘three-in-one’ card, functioning as an identity card and offering eligible discounts on bus travel and in shops and leisure outlets.

Sylvia Tidy, county council cabinet member for children and families, said, “Joining the Youth Cabinet is a great chance for young people to develop skills in communication and working together, and to have a voice on what young people want and need in the county and even nationally.

“Those who take part find it gives a real boost to their confidence, enables them to make friends and have fun, and it’s also a great thing to have on their CV, which helps them when it comes to applying for university or finding a job.”

The closing date for applications is July 8. Call 07879 117561 or 01273 335250 or email participation.team@eastsussex.gov.uk for more information.