Date: 21 October 2014
For Immediate Release
Inspiring the next generation of civic leaders
Future civic leaders learned about some of the challenges faced by local government during the South Northamptonshire Youth Council conference last week.
On Friday, 17 October 35 young people from Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney, Campion School in Bugbrooke, Sponne School in Towcester, and The Elizabeth Woodville School (EWS) in Deanshanger gathered at the South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) offices to elect members to the district-wide Youth Council.
Councillor Peter Rawlinson, Chairman of SNC in welcoming the delegates said: “The local authority has limited resources and therefore has to make difficult decisions every year as to what is most important based on what residents’ value.
“It is possible to balance this – a great example was last year when the Council implemented a new way of collecting rubbish. By changing collection days, and with new equipment, the service was maintained and the overall cost was cheaper.”
The young people then took part in series of workshops where they were given an overview of the democratic process – from Westminster to the Scottish Referendum.
They were also asked to create manifestos and were encouraged to think about the issues and concerns of young people they know and how they would prioritise the solutions to those problems.
Teaching supervisor Michelle Brooks from EWS said: “I think the day was inspiring and encouraged them to have a voice through the democratic process. It’s also been good to bring all these schools together allowing them to help each other explore issues relevant to other social and academic groups.”
EWS student Roman Martin was one of those elected to the Youth Council. He said: “I’ve learnt a lot about how voting works, and while I’m not sure I want to be a politician I do want to go into business so it would be really useful to understand the democratic process.”
Those elected to the South Northamptonshire Youth Council are:
Chenderit representatives elected – Beth Clarke, John Quy, Tom Smith and Samy Rees-Jones,
Sponne representatives elected – Simon Walker, Bryonie Owen, Colm Edwards and Camden Dell,
Elizabeth Woodville representatives elected – Maizie Leat, Roman Martin, Amy O’Sullivan, Gemma Bevin, Minty Sandison, Taylor David, Alice Buck and Lydia Bates.
Campion School in Bugbrooke and Magdalen College School in Brackley will also elect representatives to the Youth Council in due course.
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