Saddleworth Youth Committee sets targets for busy year

THE enthusiastic Saddleworth Youth Committee was brimming with ideas as they set their agenda and aims for their first full year in action.

Cllr Curley and Cllr Roman with some of Saddleworth Youth Committee and Oldham Council’s Youth Development leader Sue Palfrey

The group of young people met at the Civic Hall in Uppermill, along with Saddleworth Parish Councillors Jamie Curley and Katrina Roman who were the brainchild behind the committee.

They will not be formally constituted until May, when they will become an offshoot of Saddleworth Parish Council, but they did not let that stop them getting into full flow.

They named mental health and social isolation are their key target areas to tackle in the local community after research among themselves and their peers.

They are set to undergo mental health training before hosting their own event to tie in with national awareness week on May 14-20.

They also plan to team up with local organisations and groups to combat social isolation among all ages in the community.

And they also have an exciting culture and diversity event in the pipeline which will see drumming, arts and performances brought together in an event in Uppermill.

From securing funding to organising entertainments and stewards, they will be responsible for putting on the event from start to finish.

Cllr Curley told the Youth Committee: “You can have all the help we can give you but it will be you who are actually going to do it and achieve great things.”

Later in the year, the Youth Committee will look to recruit more young people to join their ranks and work on their varied projects.

Read more about the Saddleworth Youth Committee in the Independent each month to keep up-to-date with their projects and how to get involved.


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