Teenagers in takeover day at South Tyneside Council

Emma True and Jake Peacock from the Young People's Parliament are pictured with Coun Kerr and Coun Atkinson.
Emma True and Jake Peacock from the Young People's Parliament are pictured with Coun Kerr and Coun Atkinson.

Young people from South Tyneside have been trying out life as a councillor.

They stepped into the shoes of councillors for the day as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day.

Four young people worked alongside Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families and deputy leader Coun Alan Kerr, with plenty of opportunity for the young people to share their opinions on how things are done at the council.

During the day the young people were able to see how local government works by attending council meetings and briefings.

They also took part in a range of activities which encouraged them to voice their opinions and shape services that directly affect them.

Coun Atkinson said: “Takeover Day is a fantastic way of involving our young people in the work of the council and is incredibly effective in breaking down barriers between generations.

“By working with our young people in this way, we can gain new insights into how our services are perceived and learn more about how we can engage with them more effectively.”

Coun Kerr added: “Previous feedback shows that our young people find this day hugely informative as they get an inside view of the work of the council and learn to see issues in more depth than they would ordinarily.

“From the council’s point of view, it is very useful to secure the opinions of our young people and their innovative suggestions and ideas are always welcomed.”