Making sure all voices are heard

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YOUNGSTERS enjoyed a day of fun while also having a say in local decision-making.

People in Hartlepool were invited to the launch of an important new blueprint for making sure that children, young people, families and young people with additional needs have a voice in key decisions.

The football skills group enjoying their session in the sports hall

The football skills group enjoying their session in the sports hall

The Hartlepool Participation Strategy was launched at a fun-packed event at Rossmere Youth Club, in Rossmere Way, .

More than 50 organisations have already signed up and many of which displayed their work at numerous information stands at the event.

Children had their faces painted and enjoyed an Easter egg trail, while sports activities were organised for families.

The event was opened by Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, chairman of the council’s Children’s Services Scrutiny Forum.

The Hartlepool Participation Strategy, which will run until 2015, has been developed by Hartlepool Borough Council’s child and adult services department’s participation team in partnership with local organisations.

For more information about the strategy, call Helen White, participation manager in the integrated youth support service on (01429) 284044.