7UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is run by young people for young people. Every 11 – 18 year old, can vote in the UKYP Elections in the area where they live or go to school.
There are 15 candidates for Gloucestershire. There will be one Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) elected to represent young people's views for each of these areas: Cheltenham/Tewkesbury, Gloucester/Forest of Dean and Cotswolds/Stroud.
MYPs stand for two years or until their 19th birthday, if this comes first.
MYPs get to meet MPs, run local and national campaigns as well as having the opportunity to debate within the House of Commons on a range of issues that affect young people in Britain.
Harriet, 19 a former MYP for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury said, “Youth Parliament was such an amazing experience for me, I focused my campaigning on three main issues reducing political disengagement in young people, mental health and creating a PSHE curriculum for life and created a manifesto in which I explained why I would fight for those issues if I was elected.”
Youth Parliament elections in Gloucestershire are coordinated by the Youth Support Team which is provided by Prospects, the employment, education and care company, on behalf of the County Council. In previous years secondary schools and youth projects took part, with 12,558 young people voting.
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The Youth Parliament gives young people a voice on the issues that mean the most to them, both at county and national level. It is never too early to become involved in politics and campaign for what matters to you. I’m delighted to see so much interest this year.”
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Picture caption: The three former MYP for Gloucestershire. Hanna, Harriet, Amira.
• Monday 25th February – Sunday 3rd March: Voting takes place
• Monday 4th March 5pm: Results announced online.
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About Gloucestershire Youth Support
Prospects runs the Youth Support Service on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. The team works with approximately 6,000 vulnerable young people in the county, targeting specific groups who are most at risk of not making a successful transition into adulthood. This includes young offenders and those on the edge of the criminal justice system, looked after children and care leavers over the age of 16, unemployed young people, homeless young people, teenage parents, young people who run away from home or care, young people with disabilities and/or learning difficulties and young people with substance misuse issues or other health needs.
The Youth Support Team is multi-disciplinary, made up of youth workers, careers specialists, health and family support workers, police and probation officers. We seek to identify young people at risk and intervene early to prevent issues and problems escalating. In addition, we deliver a number of statutory services such as the Youth Offending Service, Looked After Children, Care Leavers aged 16+ and transition support for young people with learning and or physical disabilities.
We work in each of the six districts in the county through our Youth Support Centres, mobile centres to support young people in rural areas, in schools that have high numbers of young people who become unemployed on leaving school and all schools which require support for special needs pupils. We also work with families and young people in their homes.
About Shaw Trust
Prospects is part of the Shaw Trust Group. Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally.
Our specialist services help people gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives. As a charity we add value to every service we deliver by investing back into the people and communities we support.
Shaw Trust is one of the largest 25 charities in the UK. Comprising Shaw Trust, Prospects, Ixion and Shaw Education Trust, we use our 75 years’ combined experience to support people to develop their potential. By joining together we are working to reach one goal: to help transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year.
Our 3,500 staff and 1,000 volunteers provide joined-up services for government, local authorities, combined authorities, employers, stakeholders – including the Department for Work and Pensions, Education and Skills Funding Agency, clinical commissioning groups and NHS Trusts – and individuals.
For more information please visit: https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/
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