Five years of Corsham youth council taking charge
Age was no barrier for councillors in Corsham as the town’s youngest representatives came together to celebrate five years of youth council success.
Youngsters from all Corsham’s schools joined with town councillors at the town hall on Monday for Corsham Youth Council’s fifth anniversary party.
Council chairman Ruth Hopkinson presented the young councillors with a cake, and told the specially-invited group of dignitaries of some of the council’s successes over recent years.
She said: “The youth councillors have done so much for the town: they have put together surveys to help improve the play areas; shaped the future of the Community Campus; pressed for concessionary bus passes; and most impressively, established a youth cinema, Cinemania.
“None of the work of the Youth Council would be possible if it wasn’t for the enthusiasm and energy of the councillors themselves, and they’ve all done a great job over the years.”
The Youth Council is made up of representatives of every primary school in the town, along with the Corsham School, and meets monthly to discuss issues affecting young people in the town.
The current council chairman, 15-year-old Joy Wingrove, has been on the council since its formation.
She said: “It’s really interesting being able to see how the council works from inside.
“It’s amazing to see how much we’ve done over the last few years.
“I have really enjoyed working on the campus, and seeing that develop, and now we’re making sure we get a bigger library.”
Corsham School pupil Josh Price, 13, said: “It’s nice to make your own decisions about things that are going on in Corsham, and see them develop.
“We get to help at lots of events like the Christmas Lights and Armed Forces Day, and we did quite a bit with Steph Millward’s homecoming earlier this year.”
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