Local MP to meet with East Cleveland Children’s Council

Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, will meet with the recently formed East Cleveland Children’s Council to talk with them about their aims and objectives.

East Cleveland Children’s Council has been formed by children from 18 schools in East Cleveland who are concerned about issues in their local communities and want to address them.

Ahead of the meeting Tom Blenkinsop MP said:
“The East Cleveland Children’s Council is a great initiative that will get young people thinking about how they can change and control their area and speak out on issues that are important to them.

“I’m very proud of the young people involved in the Children’s Council as it clearly demonstrates that they care for their area and I’m sure this commitment will remain with them throughout their lives.”

Grant Hopkins from the East Cleveland Cooperative Learning Trust said:
“The East Cleveland Children’s Council is a powerful voice which will allow the children and young people the opportunity to let those who can change things in their community know what needs doing. It is humbling to see a 7 year old child debating on equal terms with a 16 year old issues that affect their communities. This organisation shows the commitment that the East Cleveland Cooperative Learning Trust have put in to the Rights of the children and young people we work with. On behalf of the Trust I would like to publicly thank Mrs Chris Shannon for her work in the formation of this Council and her ongoing support for it and its aims.”

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