A group of young people from Bolton had a chance to tour the House of Commons as part of trip to highlight the issues affecting the youth of today.

They are all members of the Daubhill based Be the Change Youth Project, which works with young people between the ages of 11 and 25 in the borough.

Chief executive officer Daniel Sukula went with the group members for the trip around the historic building and says they found the day to be “inspiring.”

He said: “The trip was part of their social action campaign were they are campaigning to reduce the stigma on mental health within the community especially for young people from ethnic minorities.”

He added: “We got a personal tour, our young people asked some really great questions and even got the chance to enter the public gallery and experience a live debate on immigration.”

The Bolton News: The trip was organised by the Be The Change Youth ProjectThe trip was organised by the Be The Change Youth Project (Image: Be The Change Youth Project)

Be The Change has previously been based at The Willows Community Centre and is currently in the process of moving to new premises on Back Deane Church Lane West.

The new planned facility will include a dance studio, music, studio, game room, kitchen, meeting space and disabled access.

As well as trips like this, the group also runs various sports, games, music and other activities for young people from the nearby area and from all over Bolton.

The Bolton News: Group members inside the historic chamberGroup members inside the historic chamber (Image: Be The Change Youth Project)

The trip for the Be The Change group members was made possible thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need and was arranged by Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi.

Youngsters who went along for the trip agreed it was an unforgettable experience.

Kevina Lajara said: “I found sitting in the Commons was such an interesting experience.

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“To be sat during parliamentary procedure and watch them debate live was surreal.

“I really enjoyed the history I gathered such as learning about the first black MPs.”

All of the group members were thrilled to be able see such a historic building for themselves in real life.

Grace Pwaba said: “The parliament was very interesting, it was lovely to see the history of England up close"

"The trip is something I’ll never forget.”