Young people have their voices heard

Coun Robert Arckless
Coun Robert Arckless

Youth Work Week, which starts today, is an annual celebration of the achievements and impact of youth work and organisations, providing an opportunity for young people across Northumberland to have their say.

This year, the aim of the week is to empower young people, influence decision-makers and create change, with the theme of Have your voice heard set by organisers, the National Youth Agency.

The week will see special events taking place in Northumberland, organised by the council’s youth service.

Young people will be given the opportunity to meet with councillors at County Hall to discuss topics voted for by their peers in this year’s Make your mark ballot. A living wage and a curriculum to prepare us for life were elected as the top two most important issues by young people in Northumberland.

Teams of young people from the National Citizen Service programme will pit their wits against councillors to banish items into Room 101 in the council chamber as part of the week’s activities.

Throughout this year’s Youth Work Week, all young people in Northumberland will be able to complete the 1001 Voices online survey on what it means to have their voice heard and will be entered into a prize draw.

Coun Robert Arckless, Northumberland County Council cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Young people sometimes struggle to have their voices heard, but things are changing. This year’s General Election saw more young people registering and voting than ever before. The theme of ‘have your voice heard’ highlights the role youth work has in getting the next generation involved in decision making.”

For more information, contact 01670 620320 or email

For information on the 1001 Voices survey, email