More than 21,000 youngsters have cast their votes to decide the line-up of the next Derbyshire Youth Council.
Results of Derbyshire County Council’s Big Vote elections were announced yesterday (Thursday 20 March) at County Hall in Matlock.
During a week of voting, a total of 21,477 votes were cast by pupils across Derbyshire. They chose which of the 147 candidate hopefuls will now take up a seat on the youth council.
There were 50 seats up for grabs and the successful candidates will be youth council members for the next two years.
The new youth council will represent secondary schools, colleges, academies, special schools and children in care.
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It has been fantastic to see so many young people standing for election and getting involved in the voting process. And I’m pleased that this year’s vote has been the best turnout ever.
“The youth councillors will be getting involved in lots of decisions affecting young people so I’m looking forward to working with them. I wish them all the very best of luck and hope they enjoy every minute of their time on the Derbyshire Youth Council.”
Youngsters aged 11 to 18 were able to canvass for a place on the youth council with the support from the county council’s staff who arranged the elections.
The 50 new youth councillors will represent their school and be involved in their community through the local youth forum. Two will serve on the Children’s Trust Board and four will serve on the UK Youth Parliament.
Candidates who were unsuccessful will join their district and borough youth forums.
The first meeting of the new Derbyshire Youth Council will be held on 5 April.
Below is a list of the all Youth Council members from the Amber Valley area.
Rachel Wibberley, Alfreton Grange School
Abbie Peck, Aldercar Community School
Jordan Sisson, Belper School
William Abbott, The Ecclesbourne School
Sam Jones, Heanor Gate School
Joel Smith, John Flamsteed Community School
Cormac Smith, Mill Hill School
Imogen McAra-Jones, Swanwick Hall