It seems a long time ago now that we were out together as a community enjoying the sunshine given the drizzle we’ve all had to endure since the summer came to a close. However, those summer days will live long in the memory of the young ones within our fine Faversham community thanks to the efforts of Brooke Williams and the youth council.
CommunityAd had the pleasure of a chat with Brooke about the Faversham Youth Council’s Summer Fun Day which were a certified ‘HIT’ with all who attended!
So, Brooke, for those readers who are unaware, what does the Youth Council get up to?
Well, since we last spoke, the Faversham Youth Council held two Youth Summer Days on 18th & 25th August. Over the 2 Summer Days, over 1,000 people enjoyed the free activities and information provided.
On 18th August, the Faversham Youth Summer Day was based at the West Faversham Community Association (WFCA), and on 25th August, it was based at the Faversham Recreation Ground.
What a fantastic end to the summer you had! Can you tell our readers about what a huge success the Youth Summer Days were?
Of course! As I mentioned before, over the 2 Summer Days we had just over 1,000 visitors! During the two days, children under 18 and their families were able to enjoy the WFCA climbing wall and bungee run, challenge their family and friends to frisbee golf, get creative with making some lollypop butterflies with the Faversham Girl Guides, or decorate their own ceramic mug with the Swale Youth Consortia. Bike marking was also provided by Kent Police during the summer days to prevent bike theft. And all of it was available to them for free!
Our visitors also had the opportunity to collect a wide range of information from Faversham Youth Service Providers about clubs and activities available in Faversham. (This would include organisations such as Faversham Youth Council, Faversham Youth Climate Panel, No 72 Bus, Faversham Squadron RAF Air Cadets, Swale Youth Forum, Invicta Community & Leisure, Swale Youth Consortia, Miss Sophie’s Dance Academy, Kent County Council, Swale Borough Council – Climate Change, Faversham Army Cadet Force, Radio Faversham, Kent Mind, Optivo, Imago and Sateda.)
Why is it so important that the young people of this town have a voice in the form of a council?
Faversham Town Council are committed to making sure that the young people can have an active voice in developing their town, which will benefit the whole community. By joining the Faversham Youth Council, young people will have the opportunity to share their ideas and recommendations with the Faversham Youth Leader and Town Council. Faversham is a town that values community at its heart, which is why it’s so important that everyone has a say.
How long have you been involved and what do you love most about your role?
I’ve been with the Town Council for about 3 years now, and I have enjoyed getting to know the people of Faversham and the community as a whole!
I first joined Faversham Town Council as a Business Apprentice; my passion for helping the community just kept on growing from there! I’m now the Faversham Community Development Officer and I’m keen to not only uplift the voice of the youth, but also to help Faversham’s community and voluntary groups!
What would you like to say to everyone who attended, and the volunteers and organisers?
To members of the public who visited our Summer Days –
We hope you had a wonderful day and enjoyed all the fun activities and information available at the Faversham Youth Summer Day. Faversham Youth Council hopes to bring this back in 2022, so please keep your eyes peeled! Also, on the Faversham Youth Council Facebook page, you will see we hold fun events and projects throughout the year!
To our lovely volunteers,
The Faversham Youth Summer Days would not have been possible without you. We would once again like to thank you for your time, effort and, most importantly, for everything you do for Faversham!
It must have been great to organise an activity that didn’t rely on an internet connection, right?
While running online events and competitions were fun and new, we were delighted to have the opportunity to run our summer days! Not only were we able to see the joy and excitement on people’s faces, but we were able to experience a welcoming and open atmosphere!
Why should readers consider getting involved?
Faversham Youth Council is not only an opportunity for the young people to put forward their ideas on how Faversham can be developed, but it allows them to be free and be themselves! We hope to get young people involved so that one day they can work together to organise events like the summer day, or work together to develop something in Faversham that is important to them!