Youngsters join forces

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WIGAN’S young people have come together to celebrate Local Democracy Week with events across the borough.

Borough residents were encouraged to find out more about the work of the council, take an active role in their local communities and find out how democracy can work for them.

And younger citizens played their part, attending events to discuss how they can get involved, get their opinions heard and improve their area.

An event organised by youth workers from Wigan Council’s Voice and Engagement Team, saw teenagers head to the Lilford Centre in Shakerley for discussions with local councillors on skate parks, bus fares and improvements to their area.

Coun Sue Loudon, cabinet member for children and young people said: “It is so important that young people come to events like the one here tonight so we can talk directly to them about their views.

“They are the future of this borough and should know just how important it is that they get their views across. It is also vital for us to explain the democratic process to them so they can understand how to have their say on the things that are important to them.”

Further events for young people included the Wigan Youth Voice group inviting local councillors to play human bingo and participate in a role play on democracy, the Access to Opportunities youth group holding a debate at Ince Community Centre on what democracy is and a young people’s session in Lowton where councillors took part in a question and answer session.

Nikitta Richardson, 19, member of Wigan Youth Voice, said: “I learned a great deal about our local community and the various issues we are facing at the moment but it also gave me some hope as there are lots of things that young people can do themselves to get involved and help.”

For more information on youth councils, contact the Voice and Engagement Team on 01942 486237.