Introduction

The Victoria Plains Open Doors Youth project is engaging Victoria Plains young people (aged 12 to 25 years) to seek their perspectives as to how the Victoria Plains community, services, and facilities could become more youth friendly.

For example
i. What do young people think is important for a ‘youth friendly community’?
ii. From the young peoples’ perspective what the Shire and stakeholders can do to make the community 'youth-friendly'?
iii. How could young people be involved in the future development of the Shire’s and Stakeholder's strategies, policies and plans?

'Youth-Friendly Community' indicators (although not limited to) includes feeling welcomed, connected, supported, valued and safe; appropriate spaces and places; environment that encourages learning and development; taking time as required; and active engagement.

The Shire of Victoria Plains also recognises that community / youth stakeholders may be able to provide valuable input based on direct conversations with young people or from their observations. Hence the Shire encourages all stakeholders to complete this Survey with aim to value-add to this project. The Survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The Shire of Victoria Plains will be running a number of youth engagement workshops from May to July as well as an Online Youth Survey from April to July.  A report of the findings will be released by Council to stakeholders and the community in the following months. The VP Open Doors Youth Project is funded by the Shire’s successful application to the ‘Department of Local Government and Communities (WA) ’Youth Friendly Communities’ program.

For more information please contact,
Jaime Hawkins, Community Development Officer, Shire of Victoria Plains
Phone: 9628 7004 or 0499 330 519 or Email: cdo@victoriaplains.wa.gov.au

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