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Hanley Castle High School student named Malvern District Council's first ever Youth Chairperson

Tristan Harris 5th Jul, 2020 Updated: 5th Jul, 2020

TEENAGER Matthew Knight has been named Malvern Hills District Council’s Youth Chairperson.

The 15-year-old, who attends Hanley Castle High School, will lead on campaigns, get involved with local decision-making and receive a budget to support local youth projects.

Matthew will also be tasked with consulting the district’s young people on key priorities and represent them at meetings with local councillors and decision makers.

He will also be supported by three Youth Advisors who will champion issues that they are passionate about.

As secretary of the Worcestershire Youth Cabinet, Matthew has also been involved in a number of community projects including co-running consultations on mental health services.

Last year, he was highly commended for the Inspirational Young Person’s Community Award at the Pride of Malvern Hills Community Awards.

Matthew said: “I am really looking forward to working with other young people and councillors from across the district to make it a better place for us all.

“I’m also looking forward to focusing on mental health education and introducing a curriculum for life.”

Coun Sarah Rouse, Malvern Hills District Council leader, said the authority was delighted to welcome him into the role.

“It was clear from his interview that he is a very passionate individual and I believe he will do great things for young people in the district.

“We are also excited to be gaining three excellent Youth Advisors who will bring additional skills and insight to the team.”

The council created the role as part of its Youth Action Plan in response to the Bigger Picture Survey – a questionnaire which asked more than 1,200 young people about what it is like to live, work and study in the district.

The results saw 85 per cent of respondents say they wanted to be kept informed and get involved with decision making.

Visit malvernhills.gov.uk/youth for more on the Youth Chairperson and his Youth Advisors.

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