YOUNGSTERS in the district will take part in Local Democracy Week to help them understand the importance of government and how they can get involved.

Every year, councillors and officers visit schools to meet young people. This year the event is taking place virtually.

Coun. Barry Flux, business chairman at Northumberland County Council, said: “Our young people are our future, and for them to understand the importance of democracy within our communities is crucial for democracy in years to come.

“It is an opportunity for them to have their say on what happens within their communities, speak up for their beliefs and help open up opportunities for other young people in the county.”

Local Democracy Week is a way of helping young people to become a part of civic life and to have a voice on issues they are passionate about.

It gives them a chance to learn about the election process, who to reach out to if they are concerned about something in their area and how they can get involved with their local authority.

For more information about Local Democracy Week, visit