Youth Voice and Youth Parliament

Elections for young people to become Members of Youth Parliament are taking place across Notts from 2nd February!

Youth workers work closely with young people in lots of different ways to ensure young people have a voice, that they are heard, and that they have the skills and knowledge to make changes to their own lives and the world around them.

This is done in lots of different ways that all fit within the participation structure.

Management committees

Management committees in young people’s centres offer young people an opportunity to make decisions about how club money is spent, shaping the activity programme and input on trips and residentials.

District Youth Forums

District Youth Forums feature in each district of our county and enable young people supported by a youth worker to campaign on issues relevant to their local community and on behalf of other young people often engaging with elected members and community leaders. District youth forums are chaired by members of youth parliament. There is also a forum specifically for young people with learning and physical difficulties which is also chaired by a member of youth parliament.

Members of youth parliament (MYPs)

There are eight MYPs for Nottinghamshire, one for each of the seven districts and an MYP who represents children and young people with learning and physical difficulties. MYPs are aged between 11 and 18 years old.

Once elected, MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates, and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

The most important aspect of any MYPs job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency.

Nottinghamshire MYPs are supported by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Team.

MYP Elections 2022

In February 2022 elections will be taking place throughout Nottinghamshire to elect 8 new members of the UK youth Parliament.
Elections will take place at the district youth forums on the following dates:

  • Bassetlaw Thursday 3 February – polling station Retford Town Hall at 6pm
  • Broxtowe Wednesday 9 February – polling station is at the “Shed” Beeston young peoples centre at 6pm
  • Mansfield Thursday 10 February – polling station is at My Place young peoples centre at 6pm
  • Gedling Monday 21 February – polling station is at Gedling civic centre at 6pm
  • Rushcliffe Wednesday 23 February – polling station is at west Bridgford Young peoples centre at 6pm
  • Ashfield Friday 25 February – polling station is at Quarrydale Young peoples centre at 6pm
  • Pioneers Saturday 26 February – polling station is at My Place young peoples centre at 11am
  • Newark and Sherwood Monday 28 February – polling station is at Bilsthorpe Young peoples centre at 6pm

Interested in finding out more about becoming a Member of Youth Parliament?

Download the information pack and return the completed forms (from the back of the pack) by 31 January:

Download an information pack

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