Crawley’s new youth mayor wants to start a charity to help disabled children.
Hajid Hussain, 13, of Heron Close, Langley Green, whose brother Yasin, 9, is disabled, will become Mayor of Crawley Young Persons Council at the Town Hall in The Boulevard on Friday (June 13).
Hajid, currently the youth council’s deputy mayor, said: “I plan to open a charity for young disabled children.
“Manor Green Primary School - that’s practically it for disabled young people in Crawley.”
He said Yasin, who attends the special school, was left unable to walk after he was born three months premature and suffered a brain haemorrhage.
Hajid wanted the charity to offer sensory, art and music rooms for the town’s disabled young people.
Hajid’s inauguration will take place alongside Brenda Smith’s (Lab, Langley Green), who will become the town’s Mayor, during the Crawley Borough Council’s annual meeting.
Hajid will attend ceremonial events and represent young people across town in his new role.
He said: “I felt this is what I wanted to do mainly because I like to help people and this was the perfect thing for me.”
Hajid, who attends Ifield Community College, joined the town’s youth council aged 11 after hearing about it at a school assembly in 2012.
He said: “I thought it was a really good opportunity.
“You could help people and work with new people.”
He got his first experience of political work at the youth council’s question time event.
Speakers on topics such as disability and gay rights and secondary schools were invited to the event.
Hajid said: “It was quite fascinating - you can see how people feel about local issues.
“With that information we try out best to improve Crawley for young people as much as we can.”
He was voted in as deputy mayor in March 2013.
He said: “It was an opportunity to speak up, go to event and get training. They’ve given me lots of advice on how to help people.”
Hajid said he was looking forward to meeting some of the new borough councillors during the meeting on Friday.
For more information on the youth council visit https://www.cypc.co.uk/site/