Democracy demo for Dorset pupils

CANDIDATES: Youngsters finding out more about the Youth Parliament

CANDIDATES: Youngsters finding out more about the Youth Parliament

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

ASPIRING politicians got the chance to find out what it takes to represent the young people of Dorset.

Pupils from across the county attended a day-long event at Dorchester Youth Centre to find out more about the role of Member of Youth Parliament (MYP).

Organisers ran three workshops and youngsters who were interested in running for election for the posts available were able to put their names forward to attend a further training session in November.

Shanie Bancroft, of Dorset County Council’s children’s services, who ran the event, said she had received ‘really positive’ feedback from the young attendees.

She said: “The idea was to hold an information day to make sure the youngsters really understand the commitment that goes into such an important role.

“If they decide they would like to run for election, they can go away, discuss the idea with their parents and schools before attending a training day. It is hard work, but it is a great opportunity for any young person.”

Three MYPs and three deputy MYPs are responsible for representing all people aged between 11 and 18 in Dorset in the national UK Youth Parliament (UKYP).

A separate youth council also works on a county level.

Shanie added: “There are a lot of issues that our young people care about.”

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