Meetings in the Town Hall start with a progress update with Alan Jones, the Chair of Manchester Airport Group, moving on to the Council's communications review, then a range of city centre developments, and end with a meeting that was a real pleasure.
Two young people's advisers Naomi aged 16 and Danny aged 17 came to see me along with youth participation officer Emma aged 19 to talk about a presentation they will be doing in Nottingham on the 7th November. The event is the Core Cities summit when people get together from the eight English core cities [Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, and Nottingham] principally to talk about how we can make our cities more economically successful. Intertwined with the summit is an event for young people when they will be sharing their experiences on how they are making sure the voice of young people is heard.
Naomi, Danny and Emma also talked about what they are doing in their home area of East Manchester, and also what is going on across the city to get more young people involved in the decisions that affect their lives. We often see criticism of young people - much of it unjustified - so it was great to hear at first hand from young people taking responsibility and making a big contribution to what is after all their future. Part of what they told me was that there are many more "Emmas, Naomis, and Dannys" across Manchester and that ought to give us all hope for the future.