We are encouraging children and young people to take part in a survey to help shape Medway’s future.
As part of our aspirations to become a Child-Friendly City, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do, we're encouraging young people, up to the age of 25, to fill out the anonymous survey to find out more about what it feels like to be a young person in Medway and understand their wants and needs.
We have asked TONIC, a social research organisation, to conduct the survey and analyse the findings.
Questions include what young people like most about their local area, what the most important things to them are and how they would like to be involved in decisions in the future.
The survey is open until midnight on Sunday, 23 May.
We are also encouraging the parents and carers of younger children, or those with physical or learning disabilities, which may make it harder for them to take part in an online survey, to fill it out on their children’s behalf.
Ensuring young people's voices are heard
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We are developing exciting plans for the future of Medway and we are keen to hear the views of our young people to ensure their voice is heard. Our ambition to become a Child-Friendly City will ensure Medway is a place where all children and young people are involved in decision-making and benefit from the decision, services and spaces which help shape their lives. I would encourage our youngest residents to take part in the survey and have their say on their future and their Medway.”
Help shape our future
Archibald Bean, Chair of Medway Youth Council, said: “I have loved growing up in Medway and I’m excited that young people are being invited to have their say and that their opinions will help shape Medway’s future. I would encourage as many under 25s to take part in the survey as possible. It’s really important that we all continue to have our say to help shape our future.”
Great opportunity for children and young people
Matthew Scott from TONIC said: “We are committed to ensuring that the voice of young people is heard and understood by the people who make decisions about Medway’s future. This is a great opportunity for children and young people to share their views about what matters most to them and what they want Medway to be like.”