Internet Sensation Jackie Weaver will return to the front line on September 26 when she will appear at an online session with young people from Sovereign Housing Association’s youth panel.
Weaver went viral when the Cheshire parish council meeting she had been dropped in to oversee by the Cheshire Association of County Councils thanks to the frequent bickering of the parish councillors descended into chaos, making an online legend of the term “you have no authority here Jackie Weaver” in the process.
The video clip inspired press coverage from the tabloids to the broadsheets, including an epic 3,000 word-plus analysis in Vice magazine, dissection on TV and radio news, and the kind of online viewing statistics normally associated with a K-Pop sensation rather than the parish council meeting of a sleepy Cheshire village.
Now, Sovereign’s young residents will have an opportunity to pick her brains online when she joins them to emphasise the importance of young people’s authority and the opportunity to make decisions about the future.
She will also speak from her own experience as chief officer of Cheshire Association of County Councils about the role local councils play and why it’s important for young people to get involved.
Sarah Fordham, communities manager, Sovereign commented: “It’s wonderful to have Jackie speak about the importance of democracy at Sovereign, where our youth panel will have an opportunity to give their views, discuss and learn about the key role it has in making a difference in their communities.”
Sovereign youth panel member Jess Rose said: “I’m looking forward to hearing about what Jackie plans on telling the panel about local government and democracy.”
Weaver, said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to discuss the importance of local democracy and how it helps influence local government with young people such as Sovereign’s Youth Panel.”