Involving ourselves in politics, is one Harry’s main campaigns as a social activist and in early 2011 he engaged himself in a movement to save youth representation across the city. Following the extensive cuts to the budget for youth services and Sheffield Futures, the existence of UK Youth Parliament, and the Sheffield Youth Council were put under threat. Destroying these institutions would have removed any kind of democratic voice that spoke up for people under the age of 18.
Harry led a proposal team of young people and Sheffield Futures staff that secured the position of the Sheffield Youth Council. The SYC was made a central part of the UK Youth Parliament with a pledge to ensure that the representative nature of both institutions was upheld.
Currently Harry and Luke Hague – the Chair of the Sheffield Youth Council, are working together on this pledge to create Joint-Surgeries for young people. Furthermore the campaign to support Young Carers which Harry has been heavily involved in, now will utilize the Youth Councillors and their roles to further the campaign.
“This young people’s partnership in Sheffield will greatly benefit the young citizens that both bodies represent. By combining the national influence that the UKYP is capable of, with the community level dialogue the Sheffield Youth Council provides, I believe young people will be better served as a group and better recognised as having a mature, political voice in our society”