Youth Council elections

Are you in year 8 or above (between 12 and 17), live in the Epping Forest district and want to give young people a voice in the community? If yes, the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) is looking for candidates like you to stand for election to be a Youth Councillor to represent young people in the Epping Forest district.

Youth Councillors are elected for 2 years. They are required to attend at least 2 evening meetings a month at the Civic Offices in Epping. They will also help to organise a community event with fellow Youth councillors. The Youth Councillors will be trained to develop skills in public speaking and giving presentations. Youth Councillors work alongside district council staff as well as the adult councillors. During their term of office, youth councillors will attend various community events and meetings and will take part in consultations about services for young people.

Voting Day at Debden Park School

Epping Forest Youth Council is an elected group of non-party political young people. Formed in 2007, it was set up to involve young people in the decisions made by Epping Forest District Council on services and issues that affect their age group.

Epping Forest district secondary schools, Epping Forest College and the Sir Charles Kao Academy, will each have 2 youth council seats and there are 3 independent seats for candidates who either attend school or college outside the district, or are excluded from school, home educated or even working.

All you need is

  • Enthusiasm
  • Commitment (for a two-year period)
  • Some free time (for at least two meetings a month)
  • The desire to make a difference in your school and in your community
  • To be reliable

What’s in it for me?

Being a member of the youth council brings you many opportunities. It is a great experience for you, it is great for your CV (employers and universities expect to see voluntary experience and according to a survey 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with such experience over one without). In addition you will learn new skills, make new friends, get to know your community and will attend high-profile events.

Elections will take place in schools during May 2018 and the results will be declared on 22 May 2018.

Watch the results of the Epping Forest Youth Council elections announced live by Chairman David Stallan on 22 May 2018.

The candidate nomination form is currently being produced and an online form is being worked on however until this is published if you would like more information, contact Diane Butler the Youth Engagement Officer on 01992 564365, text 07789 372179 or email


Phone Contact us....

Need more help? Or just further information? Please contact us on:

Telephone: 01992 564365 or 01992 564096


Or you can write to us at:
Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street,  Epping, Essex CM16 4LU




Raise an issue 

If you want to get in contact with us, meet with a representative or raise a matter which would be of interest or concern to the Youth Council, you can either submit an online contact request using the link below or email us on

Complete an online contact request for the Youth Council

We will reply to your enquiry within 10 working days.


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