On Wednesday 16th February, Harry attended a panel meeting to explain why Sheffield Futures should be given responsibility and funding for Youth Council, a fellow organisation like the UK Youth Parliament that speaks out for young people in Sheffield.
The realignment of the Youth Council with other democratically elected youth representatives, was the unique bid that Harry and the team proposed. Harry and a member of the Sheffield Young Advisors were the young people who gave to the City Council their perspective on the benefits of such a move.
It was Harry’s mission throughout the bidding process, to ensure that Sheffield Futures were equipped to offer a united pressure group of young people. This association of the UK Youth Parliament, Sheffield Youth Council, Young Advisors, Sheffield Futures Advisory Group, Community Assembly Youth Forums and School councils, would provide an effective voice to key local decision makers.
Harry believed that while this united pressure group could take common ownership of the issues important to Sheffield’s young people, it was necessary that these group retained their distinct identities. This could be achieved by maintaining each organisations involvement in distinct levels of representation. For instance the UKYP would keep its national role, with Community Assemblies at the ward level. Through this ideas can be exchanged between all the young people of Sheffield.
The panel from the Council accepted our proposals, and Sheffield Futures was appointed the tender organisation for the Youth Council. This made sure that the Youth Council will not be dissolved in the coming cuts to City spending.
“At the heart of my message, was an urgency to improve the dialogue between young people and their elected representatives. I believe the framework now in place provides a solution to the disillusionment so many young people feel with politics, ends the despondency caused by outdated, unconnected and over layered methods of interaction, and most importantly keeps young people in the know” – Harry