Founded in 2004 with the help of a grant from BDC. Kelvedons Youth Forum was founded to harness the positive energy of the young people of the village.
The Youth Forum has raised money through fund raising and by obtaining grants, and with this money has helped with the design of, and the refurbishment of the hard play area, improved and considerably added to the play equipment on the recreation ground, installed a hard play area and play equipment on the Thorne road play area.
Enabling, with the help of Kelvedon Ladies Netball team, youth netball coaching and now two youth netball teams that have joined the local netball leagues. We have run monthly youth discos at the Kelvedon Labour club for a number of years with many local children attending.
The Forum has most recently advised the Parish Council on the installation of the Junior Skate park, designed for younger or novice skaters or scooter riders. The latest project has been the purchase and installation of the equipment for a youth cinema club. This will show films for the younger members of our community, but everybody else will also be welcome. Kelvedon Youth Forum has advised the Parish Council on many matters impacting on the youth of the village, including issues such as rural transport and policing. The Youth Forum meets regularly, approximately every six weeks. Some members of the parish council always attend, to provide help and advice on request. Although the Forum has no specific authority, it has developed its own operating rules and it elects its own chairperson who holds the office for a six month period. Minutes are recorded, and agendas and minutes are circulated to all members and to Parish Councillors. Who can join? Membership is open to all young people in Kelvedon who fall within the age range 10/11 (year 6) to 17. There is no fixed term of appointment, but members are required to leave the Forum when they reach normal adult voting age. Members under the age of 15 have to be accompanied by a parent or other designated adult person, who acts only as an observer.