Week aims to give a say to youth

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Youngsters are being given the chance to have their say on local issues.

Youth Work Week marks the achievements and impact of youth work and organisations, providing an opportunity for young people to have their say.

The aim of the week this year is to empower young people, influence decision makers and create change, with the theme of have your voice heard set by organisers the National Youth Agency.

Special events, organised by Northumberland County Council’s youth service, are taking place between November 2 and 8.

Young people will be given the opportunity to meet with councillors at County Hall to discuss topics voted for by their peers in this year’s Make Your Mark ballot.

Teams of young people from the National Citizen Service programme will pit their wits against councillors to banish items into Room 101 in the council chambers.

Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Young people sometimes struggle to have their voices heard, but things are changing.

“This year’s general election saw more young people registering and voting”

“The theme of ‘have your voice heard’ highlights the role youth work has in getting the next generation involved in decision making.”