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A group of young Phoenix residents have launched the Phoenix Youth Council to influence decisions that impact them and the community.
The group will meet four times a year and will have a say on issues including safer communities, cleaner air and more opportunities for young people in the area.
The Youth Council formed after our youth group #BEin presented to the Phoenix Gateway Committee for the Board to allow younger residents to have a direct say on the decisions made by us as their landlord.
Zhane Lunan, member of the Phoenix Youth Council and the youth group #BEin, said: “This is an exciting time as it’s the first occasion where young people are represented at governance level. We live in the community and should have a say on the decisions made at Phoenix. We now have the opportunity to make a real difference for future generations.”
The Youth Council will play an active part in shaping policies and making recommendations which feed into our Board and governance structure at Phoenix. Their input will also help to influence events in the community and will provide a route for all areas of Phoenix to consult with younger residents.
Jim Ripley, Chief Executive of Phoenix Community Housing said: “As a resident-led organisation it’s important that we the listen to the views of everyone. The Youth Council will challenge us to think differently and bring a perspective to the Board which is often missing in our sector. We believe in the young people of Lewisham, they are the future.”
If you are aged 16 to 25 and want to get involved in Phoenix, we also run the #BEin youth leadership programme. Contact us to find out more.