Young people offer councillors their views
Special Council 2012
Young people from across the district met with city councillors last week (Wednesday, October 17) to talk about issues that are important to them.
More than 30 young people from 13 schools and colleges took part in a Special Council meeting at Lancaster Town Hall.
The afternoon began with a political speed dating session where each student got a chance to have a brief discussion with every councillor individually. Students moved around the room and everyone got an equal opportunity to ask councillors questions and learn more about what it means to be a councillor.
The speed dating was followed by the Pupil Power game. The game involved students and councillors dividing into mixed teams and with a limited budget deciding which services were most important and which must be cut.
Richard Tulej, Head of Community Engagement, said: "It was a truly inspiring day. The unanimous verdict from both the young people and councillors was that the event had been a great success and enabled the students to gain a better understanding of how the council works as well as express and share their opinions on local issues."
"It was also a valuable experience for local councillors too having gained a better understanding of what local issues are most important to young people."
Schools and colleges taking part in the day were:
Carnforth High, Heysham High, Hornby Park School, Lancaster & Morecambe College, Lancaster Girls Grammar, Lancaster Royal Grammar, Lancaster Central High, Morecambe Community High, Our Lady’s Catholic College, Signposts, Skerton Community High and Wennington Hall School.
Date Published: 22/10/12