Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 13.15.59The start of the Tour de Yorkshire marked an exciting occasion for two young people.  On Friday 29 April, Jasmine-Katy Gordon and Jamie Lynas set off on an adventure they would never forget.  They were special guests in the Tour de Yorkshire race car that took them from the start line in Beverley to the finish in Settle.  

Jasmine, from Filey, is a member of the Young People’s Council (YPC) and was chosen to be part of the Tour de Yorkshire through her involvement with the YPC. Jasmine joined the YPC because she wanted to be involved in making a difference to the support young people receive. She said: “It was absolutely amazing!  I really enjoyed it and we were able wave to all of the spectators from the car as we went on the route.”

The YPC is a group for North Yorkshire care-experienced young people. Being part of the group gives young people an opportunity to come together, share experiences and speak directly to those who plan the services about what developments and improvements need to be made.

Jamie, from Spofforth, has been a member of the Flying High group for five years. The Flying High group comprises young adults with disabilities or extra support needs, aged 16 to 25, from across North Yorkshire. They take the views of young people to the officers at North Yorkshire County Council, to help them find ways to improve opportunities and services for young people like themselves.

Jamie has become a specialist within the group, taking part in County Council interview panels for a range of job roles, including the Assistant Director for Inclusion and the recent Head of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Jamie was chosen to experience the Tour de Yorkshire because of his consistent willingness to work for the Flying High group and because he also enjoys cycling himself on a tandem with a sighted rider.

County Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “It is great that we could offer this once is a lifetime experience to these young people. They have helped North Yorkshire County Council within their community, so it was great that we could give a little something back to them. I am sure it was a great experience for them and one that they will never forget.”