Chris Skidmore MP visits Kirklees Youth Council

Kirklees Youth Councillor’s recently had a high profile visit from London.   Chris Skidmore MP is the Minister for Constitution, he stopped by Shelley College as part of his #democracyworks tour.


Shelley High School is home to the Kirklees Youth Council – Rural Group.

Chris learnt how the youth council encourages young people to get involved with local democracy.

He watched the Youth Councillors deliver a peer-to-peer training session, where they trained other students on local and national democracy.

What Chris said about his visit

Chris tweeted: ‘Many thanks to @shelleycollege @KirkleesYC @kirkdemocracy for hosting an excellent democracy training session today – a great model to follow’

More about Kirklees Youth Council

Students from four Kirklees schools make up the Kirklees Youth Council.

Each school represents a district of Kirklees.

  • All Saints Catholic College  represents Huddersfield
  • Shelley College represents Kirklees Rural
  • Whitcliffe Mount represents Batley & Spen
  • Manor Croft Academy  represents Dewsbury & Mirfield

10 young people from each of the schools volunteer to become Youth Councillors.  They then attend two days of  training to help them to carry out their role.

The Youth Council gives young people living, studying or working in Kirklees a voice.

Young people who take part can influence decisions that affect their lives by having a say and being heard. They also gain recognition for their positive contribution to society.

They look plan their own projects to support young people and, get involved in Kirklees Council activities.

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