North Tyneside youngsters given chance to have their voices heard

North Tyneside Council chief executive Patrick Melia  speaking to North Tyneside Disability Forum's youth representative, Candy Carpenter, and the council's engagement officer, Cait Foley, chatting to young member Nichola Holden at a barbecue and music event held by the forum.
North Tyneside Council chief executive Patrick Melia speaking to North Tyneside Disability Forum's youth representative, Candy Carpenter, and the council's engagement officer, Cait Foley, chatting to young member Nichola Holden at a barbecue and music event held by the forum.

Disabled youngsters in North Tyneside have been given the chance to have their voices heard by council chiefs.

North Tyneside Council bosses met young members of the borough’s disability forum at a social event to discuss issues of concern to them.

Pictured at a North Tyneside Disability Forum barbecue and music event are council chief executive Patrick Melia talking to forum youth representative, Candy Carpenter and council engagement officer Cait Foley chatting to young member Nichola Holden.

Sue Adams, chief officer of the forum, said: “It’s important that disabled people, who make up a quarter of North Tyneside’s population, have their voices and opinions heard.”

Forum chairperson Carol Blake added: “We were delighted to have Patrick and Cait join us as it makes a huge difference if people are able to put faces to names they see on letters but often don’t get the chance to actually meet or speak to.”