8 September, 2020

Stand to be a Member of Youth Parliament Gloucestershire By Elections 2020

Young people in Gloucestershire aged 11-18 have an opportunity to become the next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Gloucester/Forest and Stroud/Cotswolds this October.

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is run by young people for young people. Every 11 – 18 year old, who lives or goes to school in Gloucestershire can put themselves forward for election to represent other young people in their constituency.

MYPs usually stand for two years or until their 19th birthday if this comes first. Due to Covid-19 current MYPs were given the opportunity to extend their term until February 2022. Jamie Burrell, MYP for Cheltenham/Tewkesbury has chosen to extend his term. Hanna Doherty, MYP for Stroud/Cotswolds and Dominic Thomas, MYP for Gloucester/Forest are standing down to take up university places – leaving their two seats up for grabs in a by-election.

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.

Dominic said,

I've met lots of interesting people and been able to work with them to achieve some great things, such as the recent founding of the Gloucestershire NHS Youth Forum and the Make your Mark ballot. The role will be an amazing experience for you if you want to make your voice heard on issues both locally and nationally."

 
Gloucestershire MYPs count the Make Your Mark 2019 ballots

 

Youth Parliament elections in Gloucestershire are coordinated by the Youth Support Team which is provided by Prospects, part of the Shaw Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. In previous years secondary schools and youth projects took part, with over 12,000 young people voting.

There will be an online workshop for any young people thinking about standing on Saturday 19th September. The deadline for applications to stand will be Monday 28th September. Voting will take place in October.

If you would like more information, want to attend the workshop or receive a candidate’s pack get in touch via email to info.glos@prospects.co.uk

Visit our dedicated page to keep up to date on the process.

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Coronavirus update for YST services

At Gloucestershire Youth Support Team our priority is the safety and well being of the young people we work with and the staff that work so hard to support them.

As the national lock down restrictions are lifting, we are now returning to more face to face delivery, including some group work and events. We will be continuing to deliver virtual contact. Please be assured that we are ensuring that precautions to keep people safe are maintained in all spaces.

We know these are uncertain times and some people are experiencing heightened concerns. If you are worried please speak to your contact within the YST or contact us at info.glos@prospects.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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