YOUNG people from the borough had the chance to air their views on the services and activities they would like to see in Cheshire.

They were among more than 50 teenagers from across the county who attended the Children’s Commissioner for England 11 Million Take-over Day at Trafford Hall.

The two-day event gave young people aged 13-19 the opportunity to take over the planning of the new Integrated Youth Support Service (IYSS) by Connexions Cheshire and Warrington.

Activities young people wanted to get involved with included funding and more places to go, communication between workers, young people and their communities.The list was given to senior managers of the new service, who agreed to take their views on board and pledged their ongoing commitment to listen to them.

They agreed to meet with the teenagers again in the new year. Steve Hoy, chief executive of Connexions Cheshire and Warrington, said: “It is really vital that we work from day one of the new Integrated Youth Support Service to ensure young people are fully involved.”

Those who did not attend the event will have the opportunity to get involved in the planning of the new process, through their personal advisors in schools, youth clubs and by visiting the Connexions website at or by e-mailing