Parish councillors start aged 10 in Quedgeley
COMMUNITY-spirited youngsters are getting their feet under the table in Quedgeley after becoming parish councillors.
Youngsters from each school in the area are set to attend their first meeting of Quedgeley Youth Parish Council on October 1.
The initiative, spearheaded by their older counterparts on the area's parish council, has been backed with a £1,020 grant from Gloucester City Council.
The young councillors, aged between 10 and 16, will be able to spend the money on projects of their choice between now and March next year.
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Parish councillor Terry Pullen, who is a former youth worker, said: "They will be busy getting to know each other at their first meeting and then we will start looking at the issues that the young people want to talk about.
"Every school has a representative which is great."
It comes as a second year for the Reach Out! youth project was confirmed at a meeting on Monday.
The project, led by youth worker Jess Price, is working with teenagers who hang around on the streets of Kingsway and Quedgeley.
Miss Price said: "Everything is going well. Over the summer we worked with a number of young people to help them get into training or college.
"We will also continue to go out on the streets every Tuesday night and we are looking to see whether we can do another night of the week as well."
A new weekly session at the Q Club, in School Lane, will launch. It will be called 'Boost' and is aimed at 'neets' – youngsters who are not in education, employment or training. It will support them with job and training applications and will run for six weeks.
To get involved with Reach Out! contact Jess Price on 07876 824 215.