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Loud and clear message from new Youth Voice Forum

News release 9625, published on 19 Feb 2020
A new initiative which aims to give a voice to young people on issues that matter to them has been launched with support from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Basingstoke Youth Voice aims to empower include 11-19 and up to 25 with SEND (special education needs and disability) to speak out and make a difference to society – and more young people are invited to join them.

The group is focusing on four main priorities to bring positive change and represent young people across the borough:

• Rights and inclusion – promoting acceptance and tolerance, inclusivity, cultural diversity, gender rights and young people’s rights.

• Environment – raising awareness of the climate emergency, biodiversity, recycling and environmental issues.

• Education – promoting tolerance in social, academic and work environments, working with partners to create a better informed society.

• Health and Wellbeing – community engagement and support for mental and physical wellbeing services to offer positive networks and safe spaces.

The forum was launched at an inaugural meeting attended by the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor and the borough council’s Chief Executive Mel Barrett.

The Mayor said: “I was very impressed with the young members of Basingstoke Youth Voice who showed real enthusiasm and a commitment to making a positive difference to society in the future.

"They spoke eloquently about their determination be effective in relation to hot issues, such as climate change and cultural diversity – both important in our borough.”

If you are interested in joining the Basingstoke Youth Voice Forum, which meets monthly, or would like more information, email

Anybody aged under 18 should get permission from a parent or guardian.

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