Mouthing off

1st December 2006 at 00:00
Fife Council has launched "The Big Shout", aimed at helping young people influence decisions and services to improve their communities.

The project has five strands of work, one of which focuses on pupil councils. The others are based around the Big Lottery Fund young people's panel which recommends how pound;660,000 will be spent on projects for children; a Big Challenge, which invites children to develop a project that will improve their community by bidding for planning funding; Fife Youth Forum, which includes local decision-making and participation in the Scottish Youth Parliament; and publicity and creative training to help pupils present their case and campaign for change.

A sixth strand will involve the Children's Parliament, which seeks to increase active citizenship opportunities for under-14s. Its sustainable communities group has agreed in principle to support a children's parliament in its regeneration areas.

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