Northumberland Youth Cabinet

The Northumberland Youth Cabinet is an elected body of 11 to 19-year-olds, representing the views of young people across Northumberland.

The Northumberland Youth Cabinet is an elected body of 11 to 19-year-olds, representing the views of young people across Northumberland.

What do we do?

The youth cabinet takes issues on a local level to decision makers, in order to influence change. They have a backing of young people to take forward their ideas and turn them into campaigns. 

The youth cabinet develop projects based on issues they campaigned for in their election manifestos. These issues include topics such as young people and democracy. 

Please open the blue drop down box below to view our frequently asked questions.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us:

  • Telephone: 01670 536400
  • Email: participation@northumberland.gov.uk
  • Postal address: Northumberland Youth Cabinet, Northumberland Youth Service, Northumbria House, Manor Walks, Cramlington, NE23 6UR.
How old do I have to be to vote?
Young people aged 11-19 years old are eligible to vote.

How old do I have to be to stand as a candidate?
Young people aged 11-19 years old can stand for election; standing for election means you are attempting to win votes in order to be elected as a member of the youth cabinet. Candidates must live in, work in, or attend education in Northumberland.

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 here - on the youth cabinet website - as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds: Where can I vote?
Ballot boxes are placed in participating middle, special, secondary and high schools, as well as alternative education providers. If you’re not in school, please contact us to get information on how and where to vote. 
Email: participation@northumberland.gov.uk

How does voting work and who is elected? 
Everyone eligible to vote in the youth cabinet can do so at their local polling station, such as your school. 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 in 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?
Keep checking our social media pages, or alternatively, contact us to register your interest:
There are other groups in Northumberland, alongside Northumberland Youth Cabinet, that let you have your say.

Please click here to go to the Young People's Participation Homepage for more information and opportunities.
For information about the youth cabinet, contact us:

  • Telephone: 01670 536400
  • Email: participation@northumberland.gov.uk
  • Post: Northumberland Youth Cabinet, Northumberland Youth Service, Northumbria House, Manor Walks, Cramlington, NE23 6UR.