UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with their UK Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved. Last year over 1.2 million people took part in UK Parliament Week, in every nation and region of the UK, and countries all over the world.
This years UKPW sees the launch of the Mark Your Mark campaign. Make Your Mark gives young people aged 11-18 the chance to select one issue affecting individual nations or the UK and one issue affecting their local communities. For the first time since the campaigns inception, voting will only take place online due to the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus. The ballot includes issues such as climate change, tackling child poverty, mental health and hate crime.
Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran said: “It’s more important than ever that we look out for our young people and in these challenging times, we want to make it easier for them to get their voices heard. “The Make Your Mark ballot is a great way for young people to contribute their views on the big issues of the day, helping government to better reflect these in our decision making.”
You can take part in the ballot HERE (please remember to enter 'Southend YMCA' when promoted by clicking 'yes' to question 3!). Online voting closes on 30th November.
This year, during UKPW, Southend YMCA are launching the Fix It Fund, as part of their FYV initiative under their Voice & Empowerment strand of work. The Fix It Fund is a social action project which encourages young people to apply for a £500 grant to be used to help support young people and the wider community. To find out more and to apply CLICK HERE.