Inner South Youth Summit 2022

The Inner South Community Committee held its Youth Summit on November 8 in the Civic Hall Banquet Hall and hosted young people aged 8-17 from the Inner South neighborhoods of Beeston & Holbeck, Hunslet & Riverside and Middleton Park.

This was the first youth summit since the pandemic and Child and Family Champion Councilor Gohar Almass was proud to host over 120 people from 11 schools in the Inner South Wards.

The young people present took part in multiple activities, including a workshop on democracy, a question-and-answer session with local elected officials, an interactive game on the financing of youth activities and a visit to the Chamber to see where democracy was taking place. local.

Also present were Child Friendly Leeds, Leeds 2023, Leeds Youth Service, Royal Air Force, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Services who engaged with young people, let them try on their uniforms and advised what activities were available in their neighborhood.

Throughout the day, young people were able to interact with a wide range of stakeholders, peers and local councilors in a fun environment while learning about the importance of democracy and what it means at national and local levels.

The event ended in the hemicycle with an award ceremony.

Inner Southrh Youth Summit 2022 in the Council Chamber

All participants received a certificate and a gift bag containing items ranging from notebooks to pens, water bottles and more!

Child and Family Champion Councilor Gohar Almass (Labour, Beeston and Holbeck) said:

“I was delighted to see so many young people representing different schools in the south-central part of the city, having a good time while learning about democracy, local government and how it works. Feedback was very positive during and after the interactive workshops.

“I am also very grateful to the LCC Communities team, the Voice of Influence & Change team, my fellow advisors and all the organizations that helped make the summit a great success.”

Community Committee Chairman, Cllr Mohammed Iqbal (Labour, Hunslet and Riverside) added:

“This generation of young people will be making decisions for the city in the years to come, so it was great to welcome them to Civic Hall, Leeds’ home to local democracy, and hear what they had to say about their priorities for the Youth Activities Fund.

“I’m glad we’ve been able to create this opportunity through the Inner South Community Committee to help young people listen and share ideas – it’s a really practical and engaging way to learn how they can have their say.” say.

“A big thank you to everyone who helped make this a success.”

This message is based on a press release issued by Clr Gohar Almass and Clr Mohammed Iqbal

While you’re here, can we ask a favor?

South Leeds Life is published by a non-profit social enterprise. We’re keeping our costs as low as possible, but we’ve been hit by increased printing costs for our monthly newspaper – up 50% so far this year.

Could you help support local community news by making a one-time donation, or even better by taking out a supporter subscription?

Donate here, or sign up for a subscription at

About the author