Young people tell Assembly Committee‘Transport Matters’
Date: 12 January 2012
Reference: RD 03/10/11
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Regional Development is to host a special event  this evening to hear the views of young people on using public transport. Working with The Consumer Council and YouthAction NI, young people from YouthAction’s Community Leadership Programme conducted research among their peers. The resulting report ‘Transport Matters’  and findings will be presented by the young people to members of the Committee and invited stakeholders.
Speaking before the event Committee Chair Fred Cobain, MLA said: “When the Committee heard about the research and how it was designed and carried out by young people, for young people, we were very keen to hear the outcomes. It is fantastic to see young people interested in shaping public policy, and in finding ways to improve services.
“We wanted to host this event to give people involved in the research the opportunity to speak directly to the Committee and to key stakeholders about their views and ideas on public transport. What we hear this evening will be very useful in our work on sustainable transport. The Committee will publish a report of the event and will wait with interest to see how the Department for Regional Development and transport providers respond to the recommendations in the report.”
Charlene Mullan from YouthAction’s Community Leadership Programme added: “When the Consumer Council approached us to suggest we carry out our own research on our experiences and views of public transport we were really keen, especially as there was an opportunity to present our views to politicians. For those of us who live in rural areas, public transport can be our only way of travelling to training and work or social activities. In many areas the transport on offer stops running too early or it is too far to the bus stop. This can limit young people’s potential and their overall quality of life. This report includes our recommendations on how public transport can meet the needs of younger people.”
A group of young people from YouthAction’s Community Leadership Programme will be present the findings and recommendations of the report which will be followed by a drama performance of the key messages from the report.