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Gloucestershire elects new Members of Youth Parliament

17 March 2015

Alysha Bodman, MYP for Cotswolds and Stroud

Alysha Bodman, MYP for Cotswolds and Stroud

Young people across Gloucestershire have selected their representatives for the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP). Alysha Bodman, Nathan Sexton and Tyler Hyett will spend a year as Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) before swapping next year with Esther Mounce and Phoebe Hill who will serve their first year as Deputy MYPs.

Before the general election in May this year, young people across Gloucestershire have been voting – via text message – for their Members of Youth Parliament in the three constituencies of Cheltenham/ Tewkesbury; Gloucester/ Forest and Cotswolds/ Stroud.

The elections have been taking place as part of the UK wide UKYP elections and have been run in Gloucestershire by the Youth Support Team, which is provided by Prospects on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. The team have been visiting schools across the county to promote the elections and encourage young people to stand for election.

The MYPs and Deputy MYPs were voted in from a pool of 11 candidates spread across Gloucestershire.

Alysha Bodman MYP for Cotswolds and Stroud, said:
“I am delighted to have won the election and have the opportunity to represent young people. I am looking forward to working hard to improve Gloucestershire, tackle important issues and encourage my fellow young people to get involved with politics.”

Paul Mclain, Cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council said, “The future of democracy is in the hands of young people, so it is great to see so many getting involved in electing their MYPs, in what is going to be a big year for British politics.”

“Congratulations to those candidates who have been successful. I look forward working with each and every one to get to the heart of the issues that really matter to our county’s younger residents.”

Victoria Wright, Youth Worker in the Gloucestershire Youth Support Team, said:
“We have been delighted with how many young people have voted and exercised their democratic right. They have made their selections for MYP and we look forward to working with those who have been elected to help them fulfil the potential of the role. I hope the young people who voted will continue to make their views known to their MYPs so they can make their voice heard nationally.”

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Notes to Editor

About Prospects
The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and training services in the UK and internationally. At the heart of what we do is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone we support. Each year we touch the lives of more than a million people through our extensive range of high quality services.

About the Gloucestershire Youth Support Team
Prospects has delivered targeted youth support on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council since 2008 and in April 2013, the contract was expanded and extended for another three years. The Youth Support Team works with approximately 6,000 vulnerable young people in Gloucestershire. The service targets specific groups of young people who are the most at risk of not making a successful transition into adulthood. The Gloucestershire Youth Support Team also delivers statutory services and operates across Gloucestershire through youth support centres, mobile centres, in schools and with families and young people in their homes. The multi-disciplinary team comprises youth workers, family support, health and careers specialists working with police and probation officers. Acting as an integrated team, they identify young people most at risk and intervene early to prevent issues and problems escalating. The partnership is the first of its kind in England and more than 90% of young people supported by the team say it has made a difference to their lives.

Last year, the success of the unique partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Prospects was recognised at a national level when they won the best Public/Private Partnership award at the national 2014 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards.

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