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‘Youth Manifesto’ adopted

At the top table - apprentices Ian Colledge and Katy Foxford, furthest right, take questions from Members on the Youth Manifesto
At the top table - apprentices Ian Colledge and Katy Foxford, furthest right, take questions from Members on the Youth Manifesto

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Bainbridge, 18 December, 2018

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has formally committed itself to listening to young people and giving them a chance to take the lead.  

Members today voted unanimously to adopt the Europarc Youth Manifesto and give detailed consideration, over the next few months, to the 27 actions or initiatives in it.  

Two apprentices working for the Authority – Katy Foxford and Ian Colledge – presented the Youth Manifesto to Members.  They highlighted actions the Authority could take to further connect with local schools and youth clubs, and to bring young people’s ideas to decision makers.

The Youth Manifesto has been developed over the course of 2018 and was considered in detail at the Europarc Conference held in the Caingorms in September.

Katy Foxford, a communications apprentice, said:  “The manifesto is an urgent call to action. Here in the Yorkshire Dales National Park there is a declining population of the younger generation.  Yet we need young people to live and work here to create sustainable communities for the future.

“For that to happen, we need to make sure these rural areas are places of opportunity for young people.  This is where the importance of the Youth Manifesto comes in. It sets out potential solutions to the multitude of problems young people face.”

The Authority’s Deputy Chairman, Jocelyn Manners-Armstrong, told the meeting:  “I think this is great.  We all talk about how we want to involve young people, and how we care about the next generation and want to attract young people to the area, but we don’t have any mechanism for getting the information and opinions from young people to us.”

The Authority’s Chief Executive, David Butterworth, said:   “Getting the voice of young people heard in rural areas remains a real challenge but the adoption of the Youth Manifesto today is a step in the right direction. It is pleasing to see the ideas around better connecting communities to their environment and future sustainability. The challenge for older generations is to help make this happen or get out of the way to allow others to deliver a better future.”

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