MP launches Summer School for 18-24 year olds

A SUMMER School to help young people develop their political understanding and community action skills has been organised by Oldham East and Saddleworth Debbie Abrahams.

Debbie Abrahams MP
Debbie Abrahams MP

The two-week Working for Your Community Summer School will run from July 18 in Oldham and allow 18-24 year olds to get involved with various projects in the borough.

Ms Abrahams said: “As an MP I am often asked for work experience placements and internships and unfortunately cannot accommodate them all.

“To try and give as many young people from Oldham and Saddleworth as possible work experience, I will be launching my two week summer school on Friday, July 18.

“As part of the programme, on Monday, July 21 I’m planning a visit to Westminster where the group will have a tour of Parliament and meet various politicians, researchers and advisors.”

Successful applicants will develop key skills for understanding politics and the political process, for future involvement in community based work and to help Get Oldham Working.

Participants will spend the first week developing knowledge and understanding of community development theory and practice, campaigning skills and tools, and defining a campaign and community project to work on in week 2.

Week 2 will be spent working with Oldham-based community organisations and charities to develop and refine their campaign before participants graduate on Thursday, July 31.

Young people aged 18-24 can apply to the programme by sending a letter of application with a CV, by email, to 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. A person specification is available online here.

All candidates must be available for every weekday for the duration of the scheme.