Comhairle na nÓg
Comhairle na nÓg is a child and youth council which gives young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.
In light of the fact that Comhairle na nÓg is for young people under the age of 18 and who therefore have no other voting mechanism to have their voice heard, Comhairle na nÓg is designed to enable young people to have a voice on the services, policies and issues that affect them in their local area.
The core programme of Comhairle na nÓg centres on young people identifying, prioritising and progressing topics important to them.
Our members then try to influence local decision-makers to achieve their desired outcome, impact or change.
New members join through the local Comhairle na nÓg Annual General Meeting which are held in September/October of each year. Young people are invited from local schools and youth groups. The aim is to have a broad representative of the young people of the area as possible.
At the AGMs, a large number of local young people come together to discuss the issues that are of importance to them. In most cases, new members for Comhairle are selected/elected during the AGM.
Comhairle meetings generally take place every three to four weeks where members research their topic and work to influence local decision makers.