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Still time to stand for youth council

Young people have just two weeks left to stand for election to become one of Derbyshire County Council’s next youth councillors. 

The Derbyshire Youth Council is made up of up to 57 young people between the ages of 11 and 18. Youth councillors are elected from across the county and get to have a say about things affecting young people.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said: “There’s still time for young people with a passion to make a difference in their local community to stand for election to the next Derbyshire Youth Council.

“Our youth councillors get the chance to make decisions on how money is spent on services for young people and make their views known to top-level decision-makers. They’ll gain skills and experience and have a bit of fun along the way too.

“So if you’re aged between 11 and 18 and are keen to have your say and help us make a real difference to the lives of young people in Derbyshire please get in touch.”

Young people interested in standing for election can pick up a nomination form from their school or download one from 
Nomination forms need to be completed and returned to the county council by Monday 20 November 2017. Young people will then have the chance to campaign for votes from their fellow school students from Monday 8 January to Friday 16 February 2018.

Voting will then take place between Monday 5 March and Friday 9 March 2018 and successful candidates will be contacted by the council on Monday 19 March.

Youth councillors hold one, two year ‘term of office’ and attend around six conferences a year in Matlock. Potential candidates get involved in the process through their school or college. 
Youth councillors must: 

  • Want to make a difference 
  • Care about things that affect young people 
  • Be a good listener 
  • Want to represent their fellow students 
  • Be prepared to give their time and effort

Young people who don’t want to be a youth councillor or if they stand and don’t get elected can still make their voice heard by joining their local youth forum.

A Derbyshire Youth Councillor will attend their local area youth forum and will then feed back to the full youth council. 

There are six youth forum meetings each year in:

  • Derbyshire Dales
  • High Peak
  • Chesterfield
  • Erewash
  • Amber Valley
  • North East Derbyshire
  • Bolsover
  • South Derbyshire

For more information about the Big Vote or the Derbyshire Youth Forums email or visit  

Join in the conversation on Twitter by following @DbshireYOUTHINC.