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Youth United Social Action Awards 2017 - 206th Liverpool Senior Section, Girlguiding

Youth United Social Action Awards 2017 - 206th Liverpool Senior Section, Girlguiding

12th January 2017

After discussing education and the options available to young people at a unit meeting in early 2016, members of the 206th Liverpool Senior Section wrote to Stephen Twigg MP, both in his capacity as their constituency MP and as Chairman of Liverpool Challenge – an initiative to improve educational attainment in Liverpool.

In the letter, the girls outlined concerns that, in their experience, the education system is too results driven, and have called for more work experience opportunities and a wider scope of careers advice for young people including more advice on apprenticeships and work based learning.  After receiving the letter, Stephen Twigg MP invited the group to his office to discuss their ideas. Spurred on by this, the girls have become involved with a linked local project raising awareness about mental health in young people.

The girls have also started working on a website which they hope will become a useful resource for young people struggling with stress, anxiety and depression. This website, they hope, will give them the change to be heard and speak out about issues facing young women and young people today and will demonstrate that being young isn’t a barrier to making a difference.