Children’s activities during Local Democracy week

Merton laid on a raft of exciting events for young people during Local Democracy week, 15-21 October.

Activities kicked off with a Speed Networking event featuring key councillors from all parties answering questions from Merton’s Youth Parliament about issues affecting young people.

The Civic Centre opened its doors to primary school children, offering the opportunity to tour the building, including taking a look at the Council Chamber and the Mayor’s Parlour, where the Mayor and Deputy Mayor spoke to the children about being the ceremonial and civic head of Merton.

Local councillors also visited schools in the borough to talk about democracy and a talk on how democracy works in Merton was given to the Merton Children’s Council at its Annual General Meeting. This was followed by a question and answer session.

Local Primary Schools have been offered the opportunity to tour the Houses of Parliament by their MPs, Siobhain McDonagh and Stephen Hammond.

Local Democracy aims to encourage democratic participation at a local level and to inspire young people to get involved in local politics.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “It is great to engage with our young people at this early stage about local democracy, listening and answering their questions. Their voices are important to us as they are the future of this borough.”

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