Oldham Youth Council event encourages young people to have their say

OLDHAM YOUTH Council (OYC) is encouraging their peers to find out how they can help others get involved in democracy.

The OYC has organised an information event where youngsters from across the borough can find out more and become League of Young Voter Champions.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 26 from 6pm-8pm in the Lees Suite, Oldham Civic Centre.youth-council-logo

All young people who are passionate over issues and want to have their say or believe all young people should be heard are welcome to come along on the night.

The interactive event is aimed at 14 to 24 year olds and will explore attitudes to democracy and enable attendees to share their ideas on how best to engage young people in the electoral processes.

Those who are also eligible will also be able to register to vote on the night.

And with the local and general elections taking place on May 7 there has never been a better time to get involved.

Marriam Waseem, an Oldham Youth Councillor, said: “The low voter turnout in recent elections does confirm youth disengagement in politics is a more urgent matter for us to address as a nation.

“If we’re not engaged now, where does that leave the democratic processes the UK prides itself in 20 years’ time?

“Oldham Youth Council has been involved in a lot of work around reviving the British youth vote through the ‘league of young voters campaign’.

“So far we’ve been in colleges, schools and carnivals registering young people on the electoral register and promoting the young people’s engagement in democracy.

“We are looking forward to organising and delivering this event for Oldham’s young people as it will focus on reviving young people’s participation in democracy.

“The youth council strongly believe young people and adults actively engaging in politics is the first step towards making the UK a more democratic place.”

The event is part of OYC’s work around the ‘League of Young voters’ campaign which aims to get 1.2 million more young people to vote by the end of 2015.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 26 from 6pm until 8pm in the Lees Suite, Oldham Civic Centre. You can book a place by emailing: oldhamyouthcouncil@oldham.gov.uk

Alternatively call Jodie Barber, Senior Youth Work Manager, on 0161 770 3117.

To register to vote in local and general elections, log onto www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

One Reply to “Oldham Youth Council event encourages young people to have their say”

  1. I was disapointed to come accross this event, after it had happened.
    The Youth Council identified last year that the Green Party was the only party with a manifesto specifically for young people. We came along to speak to members of the youth council in November. What a shame you didnt let us know that this was happening and we could have promoted it more widely. I hope that the event did attract a good number of people and that they felt better informed having attended. Obviously I would like to remind organisers of future events that the Green Party would be happy to come along and take part in any future events organised by the Oldham Youth Council.

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