Teens take over jobs

Jade O'Neil, Northumberland County Council's Steven Mason, and Georgia Langdown.
Jade O'Neil, Northumberland County Council's Steven Mason, and Georgia Langdown.

Young people took over the corridors of Northumberland County Council last week as part of activities for the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge 2015.

The group, aged between 15 and 17, took part in the week-long event organised by the council’s youth service, gaining an insight into the different roles of councillors, the high sheriff, local MPs and senior council officers including the chief executive.

Jade O’Neil, 16, from Cramlington Learning Village and Georgia Langdown, 16, from Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington, spent the morning with the council’s chief executive Steven Mason, to ask questions and offer their views in meetings.

Other students carried out their own projects, job-shared, took over the roles of cabinet members and the council’s business chair councillor Scott Dickinson.

Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “As a council, we are committed to providing the best opportunities for young people living in Northumberland and we are keen to hear their views.

“I am delighted to see that some of them have had the chance to have their say in how the council operates and have been able to have an influence on management at a senior level.”