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Partnership Agreement Signed between Fermanagh District Council and Fermanagh Youth Council

Date: Monday 19 November 2012

Partnership Agreement Signed

Caption: Fermanagh Youth Council members, WELB Youth Officers and FDC members are pictured withThomas O'Reilly Chairman of Fermanagh District Council signing the Partnership Agreement at the Town Hall, Enniskillen.

Members of the Western Education and Library Board’s (WELB) Fermanagh Youth Council were guests of Fermanagh District Council recently, when they attended a special gathering to formally mark a new partnership arrangement between the Area Youth Council and local District Council.

The Partnership Agreement will raise awareness among Youth Council members of the functions and roles of Fermanagh District Council and will help foster positive relationships.  The agreement will also enable the Council to recognise the function of the Youth Council as a representative voice for young people.

Welcoming members of the youth council, Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Thomas O’Reilly, said: “I am delighted to be part of a unique initiative in Co Fermanagh where the voices of young people are recognised. Together we can work towards influencing positive change for our young people and for the generation to follow.”

The Youth Council which draws its membership from across the county, aims to access and represent the views of local young people on issues of relevance to them, with the intention of influencing decision makers and effecting change for the benefit of local youth.

Chairperson of Fermanagh Youth Council, Aoibheann Flanagan, addressed the partners from the District Council and thanked them for their participation. She said: “The Youth Council members are delighted with the support they have received from the District Council and are looking forward to working together on future projects.”

WELB Area Youth Worker Sharon Hughes also welcomed the partnership, she said: “The partnership encourages young people to be active citizens within their community and supports them in positively contributing to effecting change and tackling issues on behalf of their peers.”

Following a consultation with over 500 young people earlier this year bullying was identified as a key issue for young people in the area. As a result, bullying will be the main theme for the WELB Youth Conference which will take place at Lakeland Youth Centre on 23 November 2012 which coincides with Anti-Bullying week. Currently the youth council members are working on an Anti-Bullying Campaign.

For further information on Fermanagh Youth Council please contact Sharon Hughes WELB Youth Service, tel: 028 6632 6932 or by email: sharon_hughes@welbni.org

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