We want young people to be able to express their views, experiences and ideas about the world we live in, not just locally but nationally and globally. 

Parliament Week 2020

1-7 November

UK Parliament Week this year will see the launch of 'Make Your Mark'; an opportunity for 11-18-year olds across the UK to have their say and begin their democratic journey by voting on the policies they want to introduce or change.

Please make sure you specify you are taking part with Southend YMCA (question 3)

Fix It Fund

As part of Parliament Week, FYV launched our Fix It Fund and asked young people to submit project ideas that link to one of our curriculum areas:

  • Passion & Creativity

  • Health & Wellbeing

  • Voice & Empowerment

  • Skills & Training

  • Equality & Justice


We asked you to tell us how you would spend £500 to help support young people and make a difference in your community.

Applications are now closed but please watch this space to see which projects have been selected to be delivered next year!


Shaping Our Future

Our Youth Commissioner Rachel was thrilled to join Southend CEO Syrie Cox to speak at 'Shaping Our Future', an online event hosted by The RSA.

This online event was to encourage inspiration, connection, action-focused discussion and networking, and to identify and explore how the world could, and should, change after the pandemic.

Syrie & Rachel spoke specifically about FYV at the event and how it aims to encourage young people to take the lead and become change-makers to build a better community for future generations.


Have Your Say!

We have researched current petitions and surveys for you to have your say on what is important to you... 

Local Town & Environment:

Have your say on the future of South Essex


Give feedback on Southend Borough Council recycling services


Understand politics and what goes on in Parliament without having to be an expert! You can also find out how you can contact MPs.


Equality & Justice:

Review the use of force against BAME people by the police


Implement recommendations from previous reports into racial inequality in the UK




Create an Official Racial Offenders Register/Scheme




Add education on diversity and racism to all school curriculums




Require all police officers to take Anti-Racism education




Teach Britain's colonial past as part of the UK's compulsory curriculum




Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K.




Introduce Mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting




Making the UK education curriculum more inclusive of BAME history


Create an independent investigatory commission to help protect ethnic minorities




Pay Slavery Reparations to all Caribbean & African Descendants


Make Anti-Racism training mandatory in all UK workplaces




Introduce Gender and Race equity for GCSE English Literature set texts




Mandate regular anti-racist training for all teachers


Health & Wellbeing:

Campaign to change attitudes to body image and help us put health above appearance:



Require universities to educate staff and students on unconscious bias


Increase pay for NHS healthcare workers and recognise their work https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300073

Give non-British citizens who are NHS workers automatic citizenship https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/305129

Cancel HS2 and use the money for the NHS and local economies, post Covid-19. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/311642

Incentivise NHS staff during the COVID19 outbreak by making wages untaxable https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/304595

Reduce student debt for student nurses and midwives https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300079