We were pleased to attend both the Labour (23rd September – 26th September) and the Conservative (30th September – 3rd October) Party Conferences this year.
The conferences were a great opportunity to showcase the work of UK Youth, further develop ongoing partnerships with key stakeholders and give young people the opportunity to engage with MPs and business leaders to get their voices heard.
At both conferences, we were part of the Youth Zone organised by Citadel Comms. The Youth Zone provides a dedicated space for a range of youth sector organisations to host meetings, fringe events and also gives young people the opportunity to get attend and speak with decision makes. At both conferences we ran fringe events on the topics of Youth Lonelines and Creating an Economy that works for all. We were pleased to be joined by Labour MPs, Luciana Berger and Sheema Patel and Conservative MPs Alex Burghart and Andrew Bowie, alongside the CEO of British Red Cross Mike Adamson. UK Youth Voice members discussed personal experiences regarding the link between loneliness, mental health and well-being and presented our research on addressing youth loneliness ‘A Place to Belong’, launched earlier this year.
We also held a panel debate at both conferences with young people, politicians and partners of UK Youth on how to create an economy that works for all. At the Labour Conference this was chaired by Mete Coban, CEO of our member My Life My Say, and included the following speakers; Anna Smee, UK Youth, Tom Morrison-Bell, Government Affairs Manager at Microsoft, Ray Rooney from UK Youth Voice and Stephen Kinnock MP. At the Conservative Conference we were delighted to be joined by the following speakers; Anna Smee, Eugene Darkwah from UK Youth Voice, Lauran Hinton, Head of People at PwC, Joely Garland from Young Conservatives, Jehangir Malike OBE, CEO of Muslim Aid. The panel was chaired by Fraser Nelson of The Spectator.