New Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council leaders keen to tackle antisocial behaviour

PUBLISHED: 16:09 25 July 2018

Councillor Mandy Perkins, leader of the council, Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council chairman George Walker, vice chairman Alfie Casey, councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for housing and community and council corporate director for housing and community, Simone Russell. 
Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

Councillor Mandy Perkins, leader of the council, Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council chairman George Walker, vice chairman Alfie Casey, councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for housing and community and council corporate director for housing and community, Simone Russell. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

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The new leaders of Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council are keen to tackle antisocial behaviour in the borough.

Councillor Mandy Perkins, leader of the council, with Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council chairman George Walker.
Picture: Welwyn Hatfield CouncilCouncillor Mandy Perkins, leader of the council, with Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council chairman George Walker. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

Chancellor’s pupil George Walker is the new chairman and Alfie Casey, who goes to Stanborough School, is vice chairman.

George, 14, said: “I am glad to be in the position of chair, as the youth council works incredibly hard in everything they challenge themselves with.

“I joined the youth council as a stepping stone into politics.

“My ultimate goal is to be a politician as I thought only adults got to make big decisions, but the youth council has shown me that youth politics is just as important.”

Alfie added: “I’m well happy to be in this role as it gives me the ability to give more back to the youth council with a position of authority.

“It gives me great pleasure to fulfil the needs of others with my role.”

George and Alfie are looking forward to introducing new priorities for the youth council, with a particular focus for the year ahead on reducing antisocial behaviour in the borough.

They also want to focus on youth democracy.

One of their more immediate priorities however is their planned away-day for a group of young carers in Welwyn Hatfield to enjoy and celebrate their achievements to date.

This is taking place on August 30 at Sir Frederic Osborn Sports Centre in WGC.

George and Alfie will be actively working with two apprentices in the council’s Community Partnerships team on the school assemblies and recruitment sessions in September, and preparing for their meeting with Cabinet soon after.

They will also be supporting the Community Partnerships team and wider campaigns and initiatives over the coming year.

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