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Democracy and young people

Information about youth democracy

Somerset UK Youth Parliament

Somerset UK Youth Parliament consists of three elected members and their deputies who represent Somerset at the national UK Youth Parliament. They are elected through schools, colleges and youth clubs across Somerset every two years.

They are supported by an advisory group of self-selected young people aged 11 to 18 from all backgrounds. They bring a range of experiences, opinions and abilities, which makes the group interesting, strong, fun and better able to represent others. Group members take part in consultations, decision making, commissioning and grant giving, as well as campaigning on their chosen manifestos. Somerset UK Youth Parliament is supported by Somerset County Council’s Youth and Community Service.

Youth Town and Parish Councils

There is a long history of youth councils in Somerset towns and villages, including an award-winning Youth Parish Council in South Petherton. Somerset Youth and Community Service can provide support to towns or parishes hoping to set up a new one. For more information, please contact Somerset Youth and Community Service on 01823 349852

School and College Councils

Most schools and colleges in Somerset have a student council or group involved in helping to run the school. You can contact individual schools to find out more about their councils.

Parliamentary Education Service

This service aims to educate young people and schools about parliament and how our democracy works. The Parliamentary Education Service website has many downloadable curriculum and training resources, as well as information about how to arrange parliamentary visits.

Citizenship Youth Parliament

The Citizenship Foundation is a charitable trust which encourages young people to take part in society as equal members. It helps them to understand the law, politics and democratic life, and promotes inclusion and participation for everyone. The Foundation provides resources for schools and colleges to use, as well as promoting awareness-raising and social action campaigns.

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