Young people at a Newground project were joined by the Mayor of South Kirkby, Councillor Denise Faulkner, last week to celebrate National Democracy Week.
National Democracy Week took place from 2nd -8th July and is a week-long celebration of democracy in society. The campaign provides an opportunity for people across the country to engage in democracy, in this case nine young people in South Kirkby. National Democracy Week is part of a wider campaign to make sure that every member of society has an equal chance to have their voice heard.
The young people, who attend the Newground Reachout community project in South Kirkby, were visited by the Mayor who spoke to them for 90 minutes about her role and democracy. The young people were extremely intrigued by the day to day role of a Mayor, asking lots of questions such as: “Do you get paid to be a Mayor?”
Councillor Denise Faulkner explained how her role works and what her responsibilities included; she also explained the importance of the chains worn by the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor. The young people learnt more about how a Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected, and spoke in detail about a day in the life of a local town Mayor.
Reachout South Kikrby holds a junior and senior drop in session once a week where local young people can come and chat with youth workers , who work with young people and the community in all capacities. The visit from the Mayor was a hit amongst the junior group, aged 8-13, with some of the young people asking if the Mayor could come back to do a talk every week.
Councillor Denise Faulkner said: “It was an absolute pleasure to chat with the young people of South Kirkby who had interesting questions to ask about my role as Town Mayor and the place that they live.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my evening and had a wonderful time. The young people made me feel very welcome by making me a lovely cup of tea and providing biscuits, the young people have asked me to return which would be a pleasure.”