Student first on Youth Shadow Board

MID Cheshire Development Board has launched a new Shadow Youth Board and a Mid Cheshire College student is the first board member.

The Board, which is a partnership of private businesses and council members, gives young people the opportunity to shape the way the area develops

To launch the process local learner Harry Sharrock has been appointed as the first Shadow Youth Board member. Harry, from Leftwich, is a Year 2 Level 3 Public Services learner at the College.

He will be joined by 10 other members who will be interviewed and appointed over the next month. The Board roles are voluntary and interviews will take place in March.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved in community projects and having a view on the way the area grows is invited to get in touch.

Mid Cheshire Development Board is an independent Board consisting of members from the public, private and third sector. It helps to plan economic development within Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich – working with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), education, community groups, town councils, Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Councils.

Nicola Dunbar, Chair of the Mid Cheshire Development Board said: “We are really keen to involve more young people in plans for economic growth in Mid Cheshire and are looking forward to forming a Shadow Youth Board to work with us on some very exciting projects.”Harry, the first member of the new Mid Cheshire Development Board Shadow Youth Board, is pictured with Mid Cheshire College Principal Richard Hollywood and Gillian Edwards – both Richard and Gillian are members of the Mid Cheshire Development Board.

Gillian Edwards, Mid Cheshire Development Board member, added: “We are encouraging as many people as possible to apply for these roles – no qualifications are necessary, just a passion for the area we live and work in and how to make it even better.”

Projects the Youth Board may become involved in include:

• Consultation and input into the Weaver Square, Northwich development.

• Involvement in delivering a new running track sports facility.

• Input into the areas Waterways Strategy – developing how we enjoy and use our rivers and canals.

• Apprenticeships and careers in local companies.

Clr Brian Clarke, Cheshire West and Chester Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure added: “The Youth Shadow Board will have a real input into how our towns develop and we hope to inspire members along the way with the opportunity to shadow politicians and possibly visit Parliament.”

Richard Hollywood, Principal of Mid Cheshire College who is also a member of Mid Cheshire Development Board, added: “We have so many talented young people in our local schools and colleges and this is a great opportunity for them to make a valuable contribution to shaping the future of where we live.”

Any young person aged between 16 and 23 years is welcome to apply. Please email your name, age, address and contact details (including daytime telephone number and preferred email address) to

Closing date for applications is Friday, March 4, 2016.