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Youth plan call to action on accessibility and other issues

Wednesday, June 14, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: young people, planning, Community development, urban design

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 14th June 2017

A new youth-led plan aimed at making Christchurch more vibrant and accessible for young people will be launched next month.

Late last year Christchurch City Council asked young people from a range of youth-related groups to organise and develop a Youth Action Plan for the city. 

Young people attended workshops held late last year.Youth Voice Canterbury Spokesperson Kaitlyn White and Christchurch Youth Council Co-Chair Kendra Burgess-Naude gave a presentation to the Council’s Social and Community Development Committee this week, updating them on the plan’s progress.

Ms White said over 60 young people attended an afternoon of workshops at the Civic Offices in December to discuss how Christchurch could become a better place for young people to live in.

The aim of the workshops was to make young people feel empowered to help create positive change in their city and their communities, she said.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner and some Councillors also took part in the workshops.

Ideas such as free inner city transport, youth community boards and a youth hub in the city were discussed.

Ms White and Ms Burgess-Naude, alongside Christchurch Youth Council, analysed conversations from the workshops and developed the information into a draft plan.

They spent April consulting with about 300 young people in the community on the draft and are now updating it with that feedback and trying to make the final report as engaging and accessible as possible.

Ms White said the Youth Action Plan would be launched at an event on 20th July 2017.

She hoped it would act as a “call to action” for decision makers and young people.

The main themes of the plan are employment, transport, environment, representation, belonging, well being, and youth friendly places and spaces. Calls for more buses, better access to health services and free wi fi are some of the issues covered.

Ms White and Ms Burgess-Naude are working closely with the Christchurch Youth Council to deliver and implement the plan.

It is hoped that a series of actions will be developed in partnership with young people and other key stakeholders and decision makers.

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