Our #iWill Ambassadors interviewed Ministers and MPs for the Power of Youth Day 2022!
This year, some of our #iWill ambassadors interviewed Ministers and MPs as part of our ‘In Conversation With’ project for the Power of Youth Day. Our ambassadors were in conversation with:
- Nigel Huddelston, Conservative MP and Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion
- Bell Riberio-Addy, Labour MP for Streatham
- Carla Lockhart, Democratic Unionist Party MP for Upper Bann
Power of Youth Day is an annual celebration of the contributions made to society through volunteering and social action, and each year we use it spotlight achievements and drive forward our aim to increase and deepen participation. You can watch all the interviews here!
What have young people been saying?
Reflections from Kenya on meeting with Welsh Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt
From the Hope Collective Youth Management Group, Kenya Lamb shares her reflections following the meeting with Welsh Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt about the Hope Collective report ‘Changing the Conversation’:
‘The meeting with Jane Hutt was extremely positive, the fact that she initiated the conversation meant that she was committed to knowing more about what the Hope Collective and I left the call feeling hopeful, that we have the support of a Minister and are about to do some even more amazing things!’ – Kenya Lamb
What is the Hope Collective?
The Hope Collective is a powerful partnership of leading cross-sector organisations with aligned values and a shared vision; to work together in a spirit of unity to create real change for young people and communities across the UK. Formed originally to support the 20th anniversary legacy campaign for Damilola Taylor, the Hope Collective is driven by a shared purpose – to establish real change that enables UK’s most vulnerable communities to be free from poverty, violence and discrimination.
On the 14th July, the Hope Collective UK tour arrives in the Midlands. Held at the state-of-the-art Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, 2022 UK City of Culture, this event will provide a unique opportunity for the young people of Midlands to tell leading policy makers what they want to see and what they think needs to change.
What’s on the horizon?
UK Youth’s submission to the Government’s 10-year mental health and wellbeing consultation plan
The government are committed to improving mental health and wellbeing as part of their ‘Levelling up’ agenda. They are launching a discussion paper and call for evidence to ask the public a range of questions to help develop the new plan. We have been working with external consultant Ayaz Manji on our submission using evidence and insights from the Thriving Minds Fund, EmpowHER and #iWill. We have heard from our network in various engagement events and look forward to incorporating their views into our submission.
Click here find UK Youth’s 10 key policy round up highlights on Twitter