Young people and their parents and carers can share their experiences of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and get advice on the future at our online Community Engagement event on Thursday 14 January at 6pm.

The event, led by the Guildford Joint Committee, a collaboration between Guildford Borough and Surrey County Councillors, will be broadcast live on the Joint Committee’s Facebook page at, with opportunities for participants to ask questions and make comments throughout. A recording of the event will also be available.

It will be hosted by Joint Committee Vice-Chairman, Cllr Keith Taylor, and will include a presentation by Satyam Bhagwanani, Head of Analytics and Insight at Surrey County Council, who led the production of the Community Impact Assessment that explores health, social and economic impacts of Covid-19 among communities across Surrey.

Joining the panel will be our Lead Councillor for Community, Cllr Julia McShane, Misty Bower, CEO of Guildford young people’s charity The Matrix Trust, and two older teenagers who will outline their direct experiences.

Cllr McShane says:

“I encourage all young people in the borough to join us online to get some advice and support and tell us their stories of life in lockdown. The last 10 months have been difficult for all of us, but especially so for our younger residents who are having to make vital decisions on their future in the midst of a global pandemic. We understand that things might seem a bit overwhelming at the moment but we are here to help, so please get involved.”