Northampton’s Youth Forum inspiring others across the UK

Published: Monday, 04 September 2017

Northampton Borough Council’s Youth Forum is set to inspire others with their research into local young peoples’ gambling and gaming habits.

Findings gained from the Youth Forum’s research will be presented at a symposium being held by the Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and City Law School. The event will take place on Thursday, 7 September and will attract an audience of students, teachers and education and public health experts.

At the symposium, members of the Youth Forum will share their experience of implementing the YGAM educational programme in Northampton, which included the delivery of a questionnaire about gambling and gaming by young people.

The Youth Forum, which is made up of young people aged 13 to 19 years old, gained over 100 responses to its questionnaire during the summer, by talking to people at the town’s carnival as well as at community events held in celebration of National Play Day and International Youth Day.

The group will also present these findings at a Cake and Debate event held during UK Parliament Week on Thursday, 17 November at the Guildhall.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement and Chair of the Youth Forum, said: “We are really proud of the town’s young people and getting involved in our Youth Forum provides them with the perfect opportunity to have a voice about issues affecting their future.

“Being held up as an example of good practice by being selected to present at the YGAM symposium and to be a case study for UK Parliament Week is testament to the Youth Forum’s hard work and enthusiasm.”

Visit  to find out more about Northampton’s Youth Forum and contact our communities and partnership team on 01604 837079 to find out how you could join.