UK Youth inside the political party conferences
Over the past few weeks UK Youth has been travelling across the country to attend the Liberal Democrats, Labour and Conservative Party conferences to ensure young people's issues and voices are put at the heart of the political debate and government policy.
UK Youth was one of the Charity Partners in the Youth Zone at all three party conferences which provided a fantastic opportunity to engage with national, local and grassroots politicians and networking opportunities with other brilliant organisations supporting young people including; YMCA, Girlguiding UK and Step Up to Serve.
Here are some of our highlights:
- In Bournemouth at the Liberal Democrats Conference our young trustee Connor Joyce spoke to Norman Lamb MP about mental health provision for young people. Read more about Connor's experience here.
- In Brighton at the Labour Party Conference, UK Youth co-hosted a panel discussion with CIPD about Youth Employment. Anna Smee was a panelist alonside Emily Thornberry MP, the Shadow Minister of State for Employment, and shared UK Youth's porfolio of progammes which empower young people to gain crucial employability skills. Read Hydie Warwick's, Vice-Chair of Youth Voice, account of her Labour Party Conference experience here.
- In Manchester at the Conservative Party Conference we heard from Nicky Morgan MP about the importance of extracurricular activities to support young people's development. UK Youth also organised a panel debate on the challenges and opportunity for young people in the current economy led by Chloe Smith MP, the Chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Employment, with guest speakers High Milward - Corporate Affairs Director at UK Youth's Partner Microsoft and Ben Wilmott - Head of Public Policy at CIPD. A key point discussed by the panel was the growing gap between young people's qualifications and their preparedness for employment. Anna Smee our CEO explained that UK Youth delivers a social curriculum that helps young people develop core skills such as confidence and resilience.
- UK Youth Voice members for the West Midlands, Joe Porter, represented UK Youth at the Conservative Party Conference and have a very exciting time questioning senior politicians including the Home Secretary Theresa May MP, the Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP - he even bumped into the Government's Small Business Ambassador and Apprentice TV star Karen Brady. Find our more about about Joe's experiences here.