A group of young people participating in the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme visited the Borough Council of Wellingborough’s Swanspool House on 17 July.
They learnt about the history and responsibilities of the council and the role of the Mayor and Mayoress.
The 60 students, aged between 16 and 17, were also given the opportunity to take part in a question time style session in the council chamber, with answers provided by the Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leader and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wellingborough, Councillor Paul Bell and his wife Carol.
The visit was part of a programme of activities, delivered by the NCS and social enterprise EBP, designed to help the young people develop skills for work and life, while making a positive impact in their community.
Emma Sprekley, group leader from NCS said: “the session really helped us to understand the democratic process of the council and the thinking behind the decisions made. It was really good that the councillors listened to the young people and we’re grateful for their time.”
Topics discussed included how the council can save money and what it spends money on, how the Mayor is elected into position and funding for education.
Councillor Bell said: “It was a privilege to meet these students; they asked some really interesting questions about the council and the mayoral role. As a council, we welcome opportunities to share information about how we operate.”