THE needs of younger people in North Devon and the issues affecting them are to be the focus of a new blueprint for services from the district council. People of every age are being urged to have their say on the council s draft Children and Young People

THE needs of younger people in North Devon and the issues affecting them are to be the focus of a new blueprint for services from the district council.People of every age are being urged to have their say on the council's draft Children and Young People Strategy by Friday, April 11.The document is available online or by post and describes how the council aims to ensure all of its services meet the needs of local children, as well as give youngsters a say on the areas of council policy which affect them.The plan supports schemes run by partner organisations including Devon County Council Children's Services, Devon Primary Care Trust and the police, to ensure all young people can reach their full potential, no matter their background or circumstance. These and other organisations working with young people in the public, private and voluntary sectors will all be asked for their opinions on the plan, as will members of the public."We are asking residents for their views on whether they think our plans fulfil this ambition," explained Rachael Allen, Community Development Co-ordinator at the district council."And whether there are parts of the plan which could be improved, or something important has been overlooked, before the final version is published."Councillor David Butt, Lead Member for Youth and Diversity, added:"We hope that through feedback we will be able to identify and tackle the issues affecting children and young people that are most important to local residents."The draft plan and feedback forms are available at www.northdevon.gov.uk. To receive a copy by post, contact Rachael Allen on (01271) 388863 or email rachael.allen@northdevon.gov.uk