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West Sussex youngsters want YOUR vote this election

Voting for both the Youth Cabinet and the UK Youth Parliament elections are open until 31 March.

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A total of 51 West Sussex young people aged 11 to 18 have put their names into the hat for this year’s Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament elections and now you have the chance to vote for your favourite.

Voting for the two elections, which is open until 31 March, runs side by side with separate roles up for grabs in the West Sussex Youth Cabinet and also the UK Youth Parliament.

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The local Youth Cabinet is made up of candidates covering 24 areas in the county – up to two youth representatives per area – and they work together to give young people a voice.

Stephen Hillier, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

“From school lessons to shaping policies, the Youth Cabinet can have had a big impact on how we look at things in the county which is why it is so important that as many people vote as possible.

“We need young people to pick the candidates that are the most representative of their own views so they can really make a difference in the areas that matter the most.”

Projects that members of the current Youth Cabinet have been involved in include:

• Using films to get important messages heard including videos to help explain radicalisation and extremism and how people can get help
• Working with the Free Your Mind campaign group which raises awareness of mental health issues
• Working with County Councillors to help them get a better understanding of what young people need in the county and helping to shape the services available
• Running a Curriculum for Life campaign to highlight the everyday skills students should be taught at school and changing PSHE lessons in schools
• Voicing the views of the local young people in the media including radio shows and newspapers

As well as the Youth Cabinet, voting is also open to select four local representatives on to the UK Youth Parliament which is made up of 500 young people, aged 11-18, from across the UK.

The UK Youth Parliament gives young people a voice nationally about issues that affect them. The current campaign is ‘Votes at 16’.

Candidates will represent approximately 23,000 young people and hold MYP ‘surgeries’ to listen to the views of their peers.

To see the candidates’ manifestos and to vote, click here.

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‘We need to do what we can to help others in our community’ – Crawley pupils put others first during Children in Need day

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The words are few but powerful and spoken by a pupil at a Crawley School as they joined other pupils to take part in Children in Need Day 2020.

On Friday 13th November 2020, Children at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School in Crawley spent Children in Need Day 2020 putting others first. 

As well as donating £1 to come to school in their own clothes, raising over £355, the children and Teachers spent time looking at the work of Children in Need and other charities, such as Cafod. 

As one pupil noted ‘now more than ever, we need to do what we can to help others in our local and global community’. 

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, commented:

“As ever the OLQOH community have stepped up to help this hugely important cause.  Well done everyone & thank you!”

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