Town Centre Youth Partnership present at National Conference

Kettering was well and truly on the map at today’s ATCM Conference in London as Julia Holland, a founding member of the Town Centre Youth Partnership, presented the purpose of listening to the voice of young people in any town or city.

The Conference, run by the Association of Town & City Management, was also attended by Town Centre Partnership founding members Alison Holland and Donna French as well as officers of Kettering Borough Council.

The TCYP, formed earlier this year, meets every two weeks to discuss ideas and concerns relating to the town centre and meetings have been attended in the past by representatives of Kettering Borough Council, Cllr Mick Scrimshaw, local business owners and Labour Parliamentary candidate Clare Pavitt.

Today, Julia presented to town and city leaders from across the UK sharing the hard work and voice of Kettering’s young people as well as the success of the Town Centre Youth Partnership.

The group, which meets at Youth Works on Rockingham Road every two weeks, has also been in talks with Kettering Borough Council recently when they presented the feedback from young people around the town to the council about what they would like to see in the future.

Kettering Town Centre Partnership Chair Simon Cox said “This has been a fantastic experience for Julia and well deserved recognition for the Town Centre Youth Partnership who represent the voice of young people in our town. We should all be proud of what the group has achieved in such a short space of time.”

“Along with Alison, Zoe Martin and Cindy Wrighting, it’s been a pleasure to lead the group and work with them to understand what the future of the town could look like. Listening to their voices is an important part of our town’s future.”

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