Young people from across Cheshire West have recently taken part in elections to select two new members of the UK Youth Parliament.
Liam Foster, aged 14 from Rudheath, was elected as the new member to represent young people in the borough.
Emma Bloor, aged 16 from Hartford, was elected as the deputy member.
Cllr Nicole Meardon, CWAC cabinet member for children and families, said: “I am delighted for Liam and Emma.
“I look forward to supporting them in their new roles as they use their elected voice to bring about social change.”
Cllr Meardon added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our outgoing member Jess Leigh.
“Jess has been a brilliant ambassador for young people across west Cheshire.”
Liam and Emma will work alongside the borough’s existing UK Youth Parliament member Tommy Wallis and deputy member Aimee Morris.
They will organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues that matter most to young people.
The new UK Youth Parliament members will work closely with other young people involved in the council’s Youth Senate.
The Youth Senate, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s “youth council”, consults with young people and is their voice at a local, regional and national level.
The Youth Senate is open to any young people aged 11 to 25 years from across the borough.
Its members are passionate about making a difference for young people.
They are invited to represent young people’s voice at council meetings and asked to consult with their peers on various issues.
Two elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) attend the Youth Senate. MYPs are voted for by their peers in school elections across the borough.
MYPs have the opportunity to meet once a year at the annual sitting in the House of Commons.