The Yorkshire and Humberside region of the UK Youth Parliament took part in a weekend of intensive training and debates at the Hollowford Centre in Edale, Derbyshire. Members were given the opportunity to prepare for their new term of office, representing young people in their local areas. They participated in campaign, media and public relations skills workshops and were given examples of debating techniques from the UKYP House of Commons debate last year.
The group also voted in their regional campaign for this year. Following on from the very successful Young Carers’ Card campaign they previously ran – aiming to introduce an identification card for young carers so that teachers were aware of their needs, the regional group decided the momentum for this cause should continue. The campaign will now focus its efforts on looking at other areas of need for young carers and aim to change the way things work for them in services already available in a time of uncertainty and ambiguity.
“The Young Carers campaign is an excellent example of the UK Youth Parliament acting as a force for good for vulnerable young people in society. I am extremely enthusiastic to be continuing this project, as it is one which I and my fellow Yorkshire and Humberside MYPs are deeply involved in and one which we hope can be a long lasting legacy.”
Also the campaign this year will be concentrated on finding necessary funding and support for the work we need to do in raising awareness about young carers’ needs. Part of the project will therefore be working with the Link Programme in local authorities that we hope will provide resources and networks for the campaign.