Listening to children and young people in Trafford

A special event at Gorse Hill Studio for the launch of Trafford’s Participation and Engagement strategy

Children and young people from across Trafford have been sharing their views on how their voices and experiences can influence the Council decisions and services that affect them.

They came together for a special event at Gorse Hill Studios, which saw the launch of Trafford’s Participation and Engagement strategy. This aims to give all children and young people in Trafford the opportunity to take part in decisions which affect their lives and to shape how services are decided upon, planned and delivered.

The strategy was developed alongside children and young people from thirteen groups and organisations, including representatives from Trafford Youth Cabinet, Trafford Children in Care Council and young people with special educational needs or disabilities.

The evening event was expertly hosted by two care-experienced young people, and featured stunning musical and dance performances. A number of young people spoke about their experiences of taking part in the Trafford Youth Cabinet and the Aftercare Forum and of working for Trafford Council on the Kickstart training programme.

Cllr Cath Hynes, Trafford’s lead members for Children’s Services, welcomed a packed room of young people to the event, and was then interviewed by one of the young hosts about how the Council can make a difference to children and young people in the borough.

Cllr Hynes said:

“We find out about what people need and what matters to them by listening to them, and this new plan sets out all the ways that we can make it easy for young people to tell us what they think – and then most importantly to act upon what they say.

“Championing children in Trafford is an honour and a responsibility and we as a Council are determined to make sure that our children’s voices are heard as we develop policy and services.

“I always leave Gorse Hill Studios feeling energised and inspired by the creativity of young people and tonight was no exception! The artwork on display was exceptional and the performances were incredible. I’d encourage every young person to get involved in the groups on offer and if you feel strongly about something or think the Council could do better – please tell us. You are the experts on your lives and our services will be stronger with your input.”

You can read the full strategy here: Voice of the child (

Find out more about Trafford’s children’s and youth groups here on our website: My Voice Trafford
Posted on Friday 15th July 2022