Councillor wants kids to tell her what they want
PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 June 2012 | UPDATED: 09:20 05 June 2012
A WESTON town councillor is calling upon her own experiences as a mum to urge young people to speak out about the kind of leisure facilities they want.
Cllr Holly Young, who represents Weston’s Central ward, is compiling her own survey of what children and young people in the town want in terms of sports and leisure activities.
Cllr Young said: “At the moment local commissioning networks are being set up to try to do something about the youth cuts in North Somerset.
“I attended a meeting at the Weston central local commissioning network and they were talking about what the priorities were going to be.
“I came home and attempted a questionnaire that the town council had used in the hope that young people will answer.”
As the mother of a six-year-old daughter and a member of Weston Town Council, Cllr Young said money needs to be spent on positive activities for younger generations.
She said: “But should we as adults be deciding what they need or should children choose for themselves? Money is going to be spent and children need to let us know what they want and need.
“It’s very important, especially for Weston Central as it’s an extremely deprived area, so it’s even more important that children can access activities.”
Her views are echoed by Chantelle Williams, who runs a free-running club and believes children’s activities should be a priority.
Chantelle, aged 19, set up the group F.R.E.Ewith her partner last April after they secured government funding. They hold sessions at Weston Aerobic Gymnastic Club, in Bridge Road and Chantelle said more groups need to be given that opportunity.
She said: “Activities are definitely needed here and are important for all age groups.
“Our sport is definitely helping the young boys and girls and it’s a real confidence-builder for them. We also try to help with personal problems and problems they may have at school.
“Groups need to be funded, but I feel there is not enough provision out there for groups to expand and provide other things.”
To give your opinion in Cllr Young’s survey visit http://svy.mk/kidswant or for more information visit http://bit.ly/kidswantprez