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To make sure Bolsover Distict continues to be a great place to live, work and play we need to hear from you about the services we provide and the decisions we take.

Maybe you want to speak up about something, influence the decisions that are made in your community or simply find out what's happening near you. Wherever you are, however much time you have, and however you prefer to get in touch, there's a way for you to 'Have your Say'.

Your views are vital to us in providing the best services possible - that's why we actively seek your views through a variety of methods that help us shape the services and activities we provide to meet your needs.

Ask Derbyshire

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Ask Derbyshire is a website which provides information on all current, forthcoming and past consultations which we have run.

Citizens Panel

The Citizen's Panel consists of approximately 1,000 local residents who have agreed to give us and Derbyshire County Council their views and opinions on important local issues.

The Citizens’ Panel receive approximately four questionnaire surveys a year. Surveys take only 10 minutes to complete and can be returned in a free post envelope or filled in on-line. Panel members can also choose to take part in consultation meetings, interviews and telephone surveys. The panel is one way that we can:

  • understand which issues are a priority for the community
  • reduce duplication and consultation overload with local communities
  • evaluate how well we are currently providing our services
  • track the views of residents over time to see if their opinions change, and
  • identify opportunities for improving services in the future.

The Panel receives regular feedback on any issues we have asked about in a newsletter called Viewpoint. You can view past Citizens Panel surveys by visiting Ask Derbyshire.

If you would like to join the Bolsover District Citizens Panel, please fill in the registration form.

Young Voice

The Bolsover District Young Voice meets formally five times a year. All secondary schools in the District (Tibshelf, Shirebrook, Bolsover, Frederick Gent, Heritage High and Stubbin Wood) elect or nominate six young people each to represent them as their Youth Councillors.

Young Voice was started as a pilot project and has gone from strength to strength and we award the Youth Council a budget to spend on projects it identifies each year.

The aims of the Youth Council are to:

  • Build on existing consultation with young people to inform improvements to service delivery;
  • Engage young people in Bolsover District in local democratic processes and institutions;
  • Provide schools with a learning tool to enhance the teaching of citizenship;
  • Develop a positive image of young people across the District.


Youth Councillors were involved in the following projects in 2013/14:

  • Youth Council Summer Survey to identify this year’s priority. 1097 people across three schools took part compared to the 362 who took part last year.
  • Publicity- the Young Voice Newsletter was written by youth councillors and produced again in summer 2013. In addition, articles related to Young Voice projects were written by Heritage and Tibshelf schools and included in the ‘School Matters’ publication which is distributed to all schools in Derbyshire.
  • Big Comedy Shop ‘Speaking Out’ workshop held in October to help give youth councillors the skills and confidence to speak out in meetings. In the end of year evaluation 82% of youth councillors agreed that they felt confident expressing their views at meetings, this is 24% higher than in 2013.
  • Seeking views of young people to inform improvements to service delivery- this year six consultations have been run through Young Voice, these have been: Town centre health check (Bolsover District Council Planning Services), Healthy teenage weight (Derbyshire Community Health Services), Police Crime Commissioner Consultations, Youth United website consultation (Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service), on-line survey seeking views of young people regarding careers (Heritage High on behalf of Young Voice) and our Evaluation of Young Voice (Young Voice).
  • Positive Activity Reward Day evaluation survey was completed by 129 young people and showed 96% of pupils knew why they had been chosen to take part, 73% knew the activity was provided by The Young Voice and 67% had heard of Young Voice before, however 52% didn’t know who any of their Young Voice councillors were. 98% rated the staff running the activities as friendly, the quality of instruction as good and the overall event as good. We now know that this is one of the three most highly valued benefits of The Young Voice, to schools, and we have this year put in place a system for giving letters and certificates to students attending which helps raise awareness of The Young Voice.
  • Increased motivation of young people to continue working on projects outside meetings- in the end of year evaluation 87% of youth councillors agreed that they feel motivated to continue working on Youth Council projects back at school, this is 22% higher than in 2013. In addition this year an awards chart is being trialled and a competition has been put in place for the best newsletter article and best project.
  • All schools have taken part in at least one project connected to the theme of jobs and careers.

We have also produced an evaluation report (467kb) for the 2013/14 Youth Council Programme.

Your Voice

We have introduced 'Your Voice', a new online counsultation viewer about planning documents prepared under our Local Development Framework and let's you manage you own personal details.

You can tell us how and when you want to be consulted and view the comments made by you and others. 

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