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Local Democracy Week Programme

Young Persons Debate “Rock Enrol”

Date:  Wednesday 12th October 2016
Time: 10 am – 12 pm (lunch provided)
Venue:  Council Chamber, The Guildhall
(NB: this event can be facilitated in the Derry Road Offices, Strabane if requested)

What is this event?

Encouraging democratic engagement and increasing the numbers of young people on the electoral register is really important.  Rock Enrol is the perfect way to inspire young people to discuss and debate what they care about whilst considering why they should register to vote. The Young Persons’ ‘Question Time’ type event gives young people aged 16 to 18 years the opportunity to meet with local Councillors and discuss the issues that are important to them

Who is this event for?

This event is for young people aged between 16 and 18 years and local Councillors to engage on any issue that young people want to discuss. The Council Chamber voting and sound system can be used to create the right environment.

If you would like to take part in this event, contact Karen Henderson, Member Services Officer on 028 71376527 or email [email protected]

Note:  Anyone attending should have a question prepared in advance and submitted to the Member Services Officer on arrival at the event


The City and District’s Number One Citizen
And “Do You Get the Guildhall?”

Date:Thursday 13th October 2016
Time:  9.30 am – 12 pm (lunch provided)
Venue: Main Hall, The Guildhall, Derry

What is the event?

The Mayor has a high profile role in maintaining and promoting the interests of the City and District and its citizens, by attending a variety of civic engagements during the year.  The Mayor is elected each year by his or her fellow Councillors at the Annual General Meeting.

Young People will get the chance to meet with the current Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock. Young People will discover some interesting facts about the Mayor’s role as first citizen of the City and District.

There will be a number of planned activities for young people (ie) drawing a Portrait of the Mayor, writing out a few points to on what young people would do if “I were Mayor for the Day”.

Young people will also avail of a tour of the Guildhall followed by a quiz and take part in a light hearted debate with an opportunity to understand the voting process.  Additional activities are also planned which will give young people an understanding the work of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Who is the event for?

This event is open to primary school children who are interested in learning more about the civic role of the Mayor and understanding the work of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

If you would like to take part in this event, contact Karen Henderson, Member Services Officer on 028 71376527 or email [email protected]


Councillors Go Back to School!

What is the event?

This event gives each Councillor a chance to visit schools in their area or ward.  It will give Councillors the opportunity to explain to young people their roles and responsibilities and the work that they do in their local area.  The event will act as a forum for young people to engage with their Councillors in a question and answer session.

Who is the event for?

This event is for young people of all ages and local Councillors to engage.

When and where is the event?

This event can take place at Schools and Colleges within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.  Visits can be made to your school during October/November 2016, however, we ask that you allow for diary and time constraints.

If you would like further information or would like to take part, contact Karen Henderson, Member Services Officer on 02871376527 or email [email protected]

Council Meetings

Derry City and Strabane District Council holds regular meetings that members of the public can attend.

At the Council meetings you will be able to see how decisions are made by Councillors and what issues have to be considered in the decision-making process.  You don’t have to stay for the whole meeting; you can just stay for a while to get a taster of what it’s all about.  So come alone and find out how the decisions, that effect the daily lives of people living in the City and District.

Who is the event for?

The event is for young people aged between 16 and 18 years.

If you would like to attend any Committee Meeting or would like further information, please contact Karen Henderson, Member Services Officer on 02871376527 or email [email protected]