published on 25 June 2018
Events will be hosted across the town throughout the week so check the timetable to find out what is on near you!
You can even get involved in the conversation by tweeting @HartlepoolNow using the hashtag '#HappyHpool'. Your tweets will be shared with the directors who will be be answering your questions throughout the week!
The initiative – called ‘Postcard to the Director’ – is part of the Council’s annual Young People’s Week, which runs this year from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July.
The special postcards and postboxes are in all the town’s schools and community buildings such as youth and leisure centres and libraries.
Comments can also be left online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HBC18YPW
Four of the Council’s Directors will be receiving the comments and answering questions throughout the week: Sally Robinson, Director of Children’s and Joint Commissioning Services, Jill Harrison, Director of Adults and Community-Based Services, Denise Ogden, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods, and Dr Peter Brambleby, Interim Director of Public Health.
Young people can also give their views in person to Council staff and Hartlepool Youth Council members at a special Young People’s Week stand in the central square of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre on Wednesday 4th July from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Last year’s event was a great success, with over 2,000 responses received, and special ‘You said ... We did’ leaflets have been sent to schools, detailing the actions the Council has taken in response to the suggestions last year, ranging from the work being done to regenerate the town to how young people can improve their health and wellbeing.
Sally Robinson said: “Young people are the future of Hartlepool. Young People’s Week is a celebration of their achievements and the role they play in the life of the town.
“We’re really looking forward to answering their questions and hearing about their aspirations and we’re sure they’ll also have some great suggestions for improvements.”