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YOUNGSTERS in Brigg and North Lincolnshire who want to make a difference are being encouraged to stand in the forthcoming youth elections.

Leading the initiative is Brigg North Lincolnshire and town councillor Rob Waltham.

Young people aged between 11 and 18 can have a voice on important issues in North Lincolnshire by standing for the youth elections in May, where North Lincolnshire’s Young Mayor and Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) will be elected.

Coun Rob Waltham said: “The youth council is a fantastic opportunity for young people in North Lincolnshire to have their say on important issues and represent other young people in the area.

“It is the first time North Lincolnshire will have a Young Mayor to work alongside the Members of Youth Parliament.

“This will provide invaluable experience for young people and allow them to raise their aspirations. It’s essential young people have a voice both regionally and nationally.”

A Young Mayor is elected by their peers to represent the views and interests of young people. The Young Mayor will be a serving member of the North Lincolnshire Youth Council.

They will serve a one-year term; some of their duties will include everything from attending the annual Youth Debate and acting as a role model to promoting mutual respect and raising awareness of the Youth Council.

The Member of Youth Parliament for North Lincolnshire stands to represent every young person in the area. Their work is mainly based on local issues that young people think need improving.

During their term of office, members work with their local MPs, councillors and youth groups on the issues of greatest concern to their constituents.

For more information visit the children and young people pages on the council website or contact Sarah Eales on 01724 296869 or email sarah.eales@northlincs.gov.uk.