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Spennymoor Youth Council understanding Lions

Lions George and Alvan with members of the Youth Council

Durham Lions President Alvan Bailey and Lion Secretary George O’Donnell went along to a meeting of the Spennymoor Youth Council. Lion George gave an explanation of the work and aims of Lions international and its member clubs. They now know more about Lions and we know much more about the Youth Council and its aims.

When the original funding ran out the Town Council took into account Councillor Pat Lawton’s previous experience and involvement with young people and youth councils and decided that it would be cost effective for her to facilitate the running of the Youth Council, with some administrative support from the town council staff. Now, a new constitution is in place and an application made to join the British Youth Council. 

The Youth Council has the aims of breaking down stereotypical images of youth and to participate in a variety of issues in the area. They have adopted a charity, Papyrus UK, which is involved with the prevention of young suicides. Already eight local youngsters have successfully completed a 2 day assist (mental health) training course. Five of these young people serve on the Youth Council. In addition they have carried out conservation work on during the summer and are discussing many other projects.

After the formal meeting we all took part in a team building exercise involving the use of spaghetti and marshmallows to see which of two teams to build the highest tower. The adjudicator diplomatically decided the result was a draw. 


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16th to 18th November 2018
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