Youth representative Alaa Fawaz has made the voices of Slough’s young people heard at the UK Youth Parliament’s annual sitting.
Alaa Fawaz, 16, Member of UK Youth Parliament for Slough, took part in the sitting from 28 to 30 July at Liverpool Hope University. It was the 17th annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament.
Youth Parliament members from across the country joined Alaa to take part in the sitting which was administered by the British Youth Council. Members came together to take part in workshops, debate, create and change national manifesto policy, and network.
Over the three days Alaa took part in debates and voted to update the Parliament’s manifesto and select the 10 issues which will form this year’s Make Your Mark ballot.
Make Your Mark is the world’s largest consultation for young people and Alaa has already shared ideas and created an action plan for Slough’s participation in the ballot, which opens on 12 August.
Alaa said: “This year was absolutely amazing and very inspirational; we had a lot of campaigners here as well as MPs.
“I can't wait to start carrying out as many things as I can, especially the Make Your Mark ballot later this summer.
“It’s exciting as Slough’s Youth Parliament has already registered every Slough secondary school so we can capture the views of as many students as possible.
“We aim to make 2017 our best turnout yet.”
Councillor Madhuri Bedi, cabinet member for children, education and families, said: “The UK Youth Parliament’s annual sitting provides our local young people with the opportunity to get involved in an important national platform.
“Alaa and the entire Slough Youth Parliament continue to do the borough proud, actively representing the views of our young people passionately and eloquently; working tirelessly to bring about real change in Slough.”
The annual sitting also included keynote speeches from political figures, followed by question and answer sessions. This year’s speakers were John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group who closed the sitting.
For more information on Slough’s youth voice initiatives or Make Your Mark please contact the young people's service on 01753 875510 or firstname.lastname@example.org