London,
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January
2014
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Have your say with Hackney's annual Youth Survey

Young people can have their say on services and activities in Hackney, as part of the borough's annual Youth Survey.

The survey helps to shape decisions made by the Council and its partners in relation to youth provision across the borough.

In previous years young people highlighted the need for improved facilities, which led the Council to invest over £5m in five new Young Hackney Centres. The centres are now open six days a week and, following feedback gathered through the survey will be running more activities at weekends in the coming months - for example, Hoxton Hall is set to launch an open mic night on Fridays and free rehearsal time for dance groups and bands on Saturdays from 18 January .

The survey is conducted by Young Hackney - Hackney Council's youth services department - in partnership with Hackney Youth Parliament.

Results from last year's poll revealed that 87% of young people surveyed  thought provision for young people in Hackney is either good, very good or excellent.

Member of Hackney Youth Parliament, Anne-Marie Descartes, 19, said: "Giving young people the opportunity to have their say allows them to feel a part of the community, which in turn has a positive impact on how they view the borough and improves their relationships with adults. Young people need to have an input into the way services are run - because they are the future of Hackney!"

Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, Hackney Council
We're lucky to have an active Youth Parliament who have put together this survey with their usual enthusiasm and passion.

This is a really important way for young people to let us know what they think about the services available to them, and to give us ideas about how we can improve. It doesn't take long to complete, so I'd urge all of our young residents to fill it in.
Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, Hackney Council

The survey is aimed at 11-19 year-olds and is available at www.younghackney.org  until 31 January.