Send council chiefs a postcard, young people are urged

Published Friday, 29th June 2018

CHILDREN and young people in Hartlepool are being invited to send a postcard to the Borough Council’s directors next week to ask them any questions and tell the Council about their aspirations.

The initiative – called ‘Postcard to the Director’ – is part of the Council’s annual Young People’s Week, which runs this year from Monday 2 to Friday 6 July.

The special postcards and postboxes are in all the town’s schools and community buildings such as youth and leisure centres and libraries.

Postcard to thee directors

The special postcards and postboxes are in schools, youth centres and libraries

Young people can also tweet their comments to @HartlepoolNow including the hashtag #happyhpool or send a message to the Council’s Facebook page at Comments can also be left online here.

Four of the Council’s Directors will be receiving the comments and answering questions throughout the week: Sally Robinson, Director of Children’s and Joint Commissioning Services, Jill Harrison, Director of Adults and Community-Based Services, Denise Ogden, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods, and Dr Peter Brambleby, Interim Director of Public Health.

Young people can also give their views in person to Council staff and Hartlepool Youth Council members at a special Young People’s Week stand in the central square of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre on Wednesday 4 July from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

Last year’s event was a great success, with over 2,000 responses received, and special ‘You said ... We did’ leaflets have been sent to schools, detailing the actions the Council has taken in response to the suggestions last year, ranging from the work being done to regenerate the town to how young people can improve their health and wellbeing.

Sally Robinson said: “Young people are the future of Hartlepool. Young People’s Week is a celebration of their achievements and the role they play in the life of the town.

“We’re really looking forward to answering their questions and hearing about their aspirations and we’re sure they’ll also have some great suggestions for improvements.”

To mark Young People’s Week there are a number of other events and activities around the town – for details click here.