Could you help shape future services for young people?

Dorset County Council is looking for 14 to 19-year-olds to help capture the views and ideas of young people about the services they receive.

Young Researchers consult young people across the county, analyse the results and present their findings to the county council and other organisations to help influence decision-making in Dorset.

The researchers work in a team, are given full training and help make a difference to young people’s lives. Researchers also gain valuable skills that employers value and get to meet students from other schools and colleges.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for economy, education, learning and skills, said: “We’re very proud of our young researchers – they do a fantastic job and make sure we consider the views of local young people in everything we do. It’s also a great opportunity for them to get involved in their local communities and help improve services for children and young people.”

The Dorset Young Researchers project is a partnership between students, Dorset County Council and The Participation People – a youth engagement agency that empowers young people to help make positive changes in communities.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday, 20 July. Email or visit