Northumberland Youth Cabinet

Northumberland Youth Cabinet

The Northumberland Youth Cabinet is an elected body of 13 to 19-year-olds, representing the views of young people across Northumberland.

About the youth cabinet

The Northumberland Youth Cabinet is an elected body of 13 to 19-year-olds, representing the views of young people across Northumberland.

They develop projects based on the issues they campaigned for in their election manifesto. This includes topics such as young people and democracy.

Keep up to date with youth cabinet news
Youth cabinet members
Following the recent election, the new youth cabinet members are currently drafting their profiles. We'll be excited to bring them to you soon.
Frequently asked questions
How old do I have to be to vote?
Every 13 to 19-year-old in Northumberland has the opportunity to vote.

How long are cabinet members elected for?
Members of the youth cabinet serve a term of two years.

Where can I read about the people standing for election?
Posters with every candidate and their policies are sent to all schools to be displayed. They can also be found online on the youth cabinet website as well as Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Where can I vote?
Ballot boxes are placed in secondary and high schools in Northumberland. If you’re not in school, please contact us to get information on how and where to vote.

How does voting work and who is elected?
Everyone eligible to vote in the youth cabinet election can do so at their local polling station. Each voter has one vote and the five candidates with the most votes are elected. This voting system is known as 'first past the post'.

How many people are on the youth cabinet of Northumberland?
The cabinet is made up of 10 members.

How often are the elections?
Elections are held every year, to elect five new people to the youth cabinet.

How do people put themselves forward to run in elections?
Refer to this page after the summer holidays and you will find information on running for election inlcuding the information and application packs.

Youth cabinet news

Welcome to our news section.

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Record Turnout - Election Result 2016
 
Over 6,000 young people in schools across the county voted this week to elect new members of the Northumberland Youth Cabinet - a record 48% turnout.

Tara Blyth, Laura Brown, Abbie Emery, Cassey Kinghorn, and Luke Shears were successfully elected to Northumberland’s Youth Cabinet.
 
This year’s ballot saw the highest ever turnout of young people voting. 

Polling took place at participating schools on Wednesday 7  December and the results were announced at County Hall on Thursday 8 December.

Leader of Northumberland County Council, Grant Davey, Councillor Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services, Civic Head Alan Sambrook and Councillor Anthony Murray were  present to hand out the awards. 

Councillor Robert Arckless said: “We are proud to have so many young people that care deeply about the future of the county.  I'd like to congratulate all the successful candidates and wish them every success as they take on important roles representing the county’s young people.
 
“There was a really high turn-out at the polls which  just goes to show how tuned in young people in Northumberland  are and how much they care about where they live.
 
“The new members of the Cabinet have got some great ideas and are all really passionate. I’m looking forward to working with them and I’m sure they’ll achieve a great deal for young people in the county.”

The new members will take up post of their two year term on Monday January 30, 2017 following detailed planning of their projects for the forthcoming year when they will be joined by the existing Youth Cabinet members.
 
Elections take place annually and any young person who is interested in standing in the future can email participation@northumberland.gov.uk for more information.
Northumberland Youth elections results announced - 11 Dec 2015

Over 5,400 young people throughout schools across the county voted this week in elections to appoint Youth Parliament representatives and new members of the Northumberland Youth Cabinet.

 
Clark Kent Chavez, from St Benet Biscop RC Academy and Jamie Macaulay, from Duchess Community High School, were successfully elected to Northumberland’s Youth Parliament.
 
Kelsey Thompson, from the King Edward VI School; Tia Saunderson, from St Benet Biscop RC Academy; Matthew Johnson from Haydon Bridge High School; Lauren Scott and Robert Elliott from Ashington High School were successfully elected to Northumberland’s Youth Cabinet.
 
This year’s ballot saw the highest ever turnout of young people voting.
 
Polling took place at participating schools on Wednesday 9 December and the results were announced at County Hall on Thursday 10 December.
 
Councillor Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Kath Nisbet, civic head, chief executive, Steven Mason and deputy chief executive of the county council, Daljit Lally were there to hand out the awards.
 
Councillor Robert Arckless said: “Congratulations to all of the newly elected members of Northumberland’s Youth Cabinet and the Youth Parliament, we wish them well in their new roles.
 
“It is important to engage young people in the democratic process and to make them aware of the issues that matter to their peers and local communities. By sharing their own experiences to influence decision making, this will hopefully make a difference, and will inspire a future generation of leaders.”
 
The new members will take up post on February 1, 2016 following detailed planning for their projects for the forthcoming year. They will be joined by the existing Youth Cabinet and Youth Parliament members. 

Youth cabinet projects

There are currently a number of ongoing projects, and this page will be updated soon.

Participation groups

The youth cabinet works with youth participation groups across the county. Find out about these groups below.

Alternatively you can email Participation@northumberland.gov.uk for more information.

Northumberland Youth Parliament
Northumberland Youth parliament logoNorthumberland Youth Parliament is an elected body of young people, representing the young people of Northumberland at UK Youth Parliament meetings taking place on a national and regional stage.

Click here to visit NYP page.
Voices Making Choices
Voices making choices logoVMC is made up of 15 young people aged 14 to 21 with various experiences of the care system. They are from different backgrounds and have different experiences.

Click here to visit the Voices Making Choices website.
Northumberland Young Inspectors
Northumberland young inspectors logoThe young inspectors are a group who inspect services, ensuring they are young people friendly. The types of services inspected include: 
  • Woodhorn
  • Arriva
  • youth services
  • Connexions
  • extended services
  • Alnwick Gardens
Young People in Northumberland
Young people in Northumberland logoYPiN is made up of various groups of young people based across Northumberland. The YPiN groups work on local issues and aim to make a positive change for their local community.