Merton reaches out to future decision makers

Today marks the start of Merton’s Local Democracy Week 2010 (from 11-17 October) where, once again the council will be hosting a series of activities for children and young people around the borough.

Each year Merton celebrates Local Democracy Week and organises events that bring together our elected politicians with future generations of electors.

Events include a school visit to the Houses of Parliament, to Merton’s Civic Centre to meet the Mayor and special opportunities for young people to ask questions directly to their local councillors.

On Monday (11 October) Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh will be hosting over 100 local school children at the Houses of Parliament and on Friday (15 October) Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond is visiting the new Rutlish and Ricards Lodge Sixth Forms for a debate with students.

During the week primary school groups will be visiting the Civic Centre, meeting the Mayor in her Parlour, and, weather permitting going up on the roof to enjoy the view.

A ‘speed dating’ event between members of Merton Youth Parliament and the council’s cabinet and shadow cabinet is also back by popular demand, and will take place on Tuesday 12 October in the Civic Centre.

Councillor Edith Macauley, Merton Council cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities said:

” Getting young people interested and involved in local democracy is really important. Aside from helping them to have an understanding of how things work now, they are also the ones who will be looking after things in years to come.

“We hope by engaging with as many young people as possible and giving them a taster of what democracy is all about that we can help inspire them to get involved, have their say and make a difference as they get older.”

Find out more at http://www.merton.gov.uk/localdemocracyweek