Wokingham Youth MP Holly Mackinnon is on a mission to ensure younger residents have their say on decisions made about their community. Holly is working with Wokingham Borough Council to encourage children and young people to get more involved in local issues that affect their everyday lives.
After being inspired last year by the Youth Parliament’s annual debate in the House of Commons, the council will be hosting its first Youth Politics event on Thursday 23 February, 4:30 to 6:30pm, in the Council Chambers at Shute End, Wokingham.
Invitation to secondary school pupils
This event will be a chance for secondary school pupils to come along and learn about politics from councillors representing different parties in the borough. They will debate issues, chosen by Wokingham Youth Council, discuss their parties’ values and answer questions.
Holly Mackinnon, who is also Chair of the Wokingham Youth Council, said: “It’s great to have this opportunity for young people in the borough to engage with local decision makers, and learn more about the UK’s political system.
“The Youth Council and I are really excited about facilitating this event, and hopefully similar ones in the future, to give young people in Wokingham more chances to be involved in politics.”
There will also be time during the event for members of the audience to give their thoughts on what they would like to see in Wokingham to improve the lives of young people.
Listening to young people across the borough
Cllr Prue Bray, executive member for children’s services said: “We are very happy to invite students from across the borough to come and find out more about local politics. This is a great opportunity for young people to ask questions and for their voices to be heard too.
“We look forward to meeting these younger residents and hearing what they have to say. Tickets are free but spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.”
For further information about the event and to book tickets visit the council’s Youth Politics Event page.
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