A representative from UK Parliament, Sky Yarlett, visited YMCA Norfolk’s young people at our Central Housing in Norwich today to discuss how they can get their voice heard on the topics that matter the most to them.
The UK Parliament Education and Engagement workshop took place between 11am-1pm and was open to all YMCA Norfolk young people who wanted to learn more about politics; both on a national and local level.
Sky spoke to the young people about the structure of the UK government, voting, the role of public services and how they can influence their local MPS to take action. Further topics included access to universal credit, tax, foreign aid and how Norwich and our local services can support young people.
Sarah Caston, YMCA Central Housing Manager, said: “It was great to see some of our people so engaged in the political causes that really matter to them. I was really impressed with how well they contributed to the workshop and how respectful they were of one another’s views.
“Thanks so much to Sky who done a fantastic job at delivering the workshop – I’d highly recommend the session to other youth charities!”
Residents also took part in writing to your MPand campaigner skills activities, introducing them to different ways they can personally take part in the important conversations happening in Parliament every day.
As a group, they practiced writing postcards to local MPs and representatives about topics such as flaws in the benefit system and creating more opportunities for young people to find meaningful, skills-enhancing employment in Norfolk.
Kayleigh Smart, YMCA Norfolk Young Person, attended the workshop and said:“Today’s workshop was really helpful. I learnt lots about topics I didn’t know about – such as Brexit and the roles of different MPs.
“It was also a great platform to talk about how we can stop judgement towards deprived young people and families. I’m so glad I came – I’ve learnt so much!”
Find out more about UK Parliament’s Education and Engagement workshops here.