Youngsters urged - use your Voice to be Heard!

APPEAL . . . young people are urged to take part through Twitter.
APPEAL . . . young people are urged to take part through Twitter.
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Motherwell’s young people are being urged to put questions to the area’s decision makers.

The Motherwell Youth Voice group and North Lanarkshire Council are preparing for ‘Youth Be Heard’, a Question Time-styled session at the Civic Centre.

The event, on Tuesday, February 19, will give the area’s youngsters a chance to have their say on key issues affecting their communities.

It will be used to help shape the way in which the council and partner organisations, such as Strathclyde Police and North Lanarkshire Leisure, provide services for young people.

The panel will feature Gavin Whitefield, chief executive of the council; Blane Dodds, chief executive of NLL; Christine Pollock, executive director of learning and leisure; Councillor Peter Nolan; Chief Inspector Gregor McKenzie of Strathclyde Police, and Richard Burgeon of North Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership.

As well as from those attending on the day, questions can be put to the panel externally through Twitter.

Taking part through the social networking site is easy - simply post your question and add the hashtag #YouthBHeard2013.

Questions can be posed in the lead up to the event or on the day itself. Organisers ask that you try to include your name or school in the Tweet.

The session can also be followed on Twitter through the hashtag #mwellbheard2013.

Sean Hanlon, community learning and development worker, said: “This event will allow young people to engage directly with key decision makers.

“Like Question Time, our panel won’t know the questions beforehand and no doubt a number of different subjects will be raised.

“With an audience of 80 young people from across the Motherwell Area, it will be a fantastic event.”

Nina Mullen (16), chairperson of the event, added: “We want young people to tweet or e-mail in their questions. It’s not often they can put decision makers on the spot. If you have an issue or question you want raised, this is a real opportunity to do so.”

For more information on Motherwell Youth Voice, contact Sean Hanlon, on 01698 403830 or on Twitter @MYouthVoice.