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Young people needed to stand for Youth Parliament

Herefordshire Council is on the search for 11-18 year olds who could represent the county’s young people at the UK Youth Parliament.

On Saturday 12th May, the council’s participation team will be hosting an event to help prospective candidates stand for election.  The candidates will learn all about what’s involved in becoming a member of the UK Youth Parliament, and put together a manifesto to present to all the other candidates. 

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a national organisation which helps young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. Run by young people for young people, UKYP gives a voice to the young people of the UK which is heard and listened to by local and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people.

Herefordshire has been successfully involved with the UK Youth Parliament for the past five years and this year will be electing two young people from the county to represent Herefordshire at local meetings, regional conventions and nationally at the annual sitting and the famous annual House of Commons debates.

The election day will be held on Saturday the 12th May at Centre 18 in Hereford from 10am-4pm.  Anyone interested in standing for election is invited to come along, learn about the work of the Youth Parliament, then get involved in electing two new members for 2012/2013.

To be involved, young people need to be aged between 11-18, live in Herefordshire, be available to attend some or all events held by UKYP and have some enthusiasm and passion for providing a voice for the county’s young people.

For more information contact Charlotte Webb on 0779 881328/ cwebb1@herefordshire.gov.uk