ASPIRING young politicians from across Stockton Borough have delivered their ‘end of term’ report to councillors at a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet.
The Stockton Youth Assembly, established in 2013, is made up of young people between the ages of 11 and 19 (up to 25 years old for young people with special needs).
Their two-year term ended in February 2015 and they have now reported back to councillors on their achievements across a work programme including health and wellbeing, sport and leisure, community safety and the environment.
They have secured a whole host of achievements ranging from completing the British Youth Council’s Youth Voice Award to hosting an event celebrating Youth Voice which brought together groups from across the Borough to encourage inclusive youth opportunities.
Other highlights include their work with the Young Carers Quest Project which raised awareness of the work done by young carers, their support of the Police and Crime Panel to encourage connections between young people and the Police and their contributions on the mental health and wellbeing of young people to Stockton Council’s Public Health team.
Councillor David Harrington, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance, said: “Getting involved with the Stockton Youth Assembly has been a fantastic chance for a number of our young people to experience development opportunities in an inclusive and supporting environment.
“Their end of term report illustrates just how hard they have worked in achieving a series of positive outcomes, as shown by their completion of the British Youth Council’s Youth Voice Award which recognises young representatives who do great work in representing their communities.”
Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “The Stockton Youth Assembly has really helped Stockton Council communicate effectively with the Borough’s young people and ensured that their voices are heard. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved and to recognise how they have served their peers with distinction.”
Copies of the report have been sent to all schools, youth clubs, sixth forms and colleges across the Borough and also to the Eastern Ravens Trust – a partner organisation which helps to support children, young people and families across Stockton Borough.
New representatives for the Assembly are being sought and any interested young person should speak to their appropriate Head Teacher or School Council. If they are involved with a youth club or other group, they should contact the Youth Direction team on 01642 528129.
For more information on the Stockton Youth Assembly, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/stocktonyouthassembly or call 01642 524987.