Policy and Influencing
London Youth is committed to ensuring our expertise and the on-the-ground voices of youth workers and young people are reflected in public policy, practice and opinion.
We make the case for good youth work and support young people and those working with them in London to have a voice in the media, in policy development and in the creation of new programmes.
We do this by:
- Providing news and comment for our members on issues affecting young people and youth organisations and raise awareness of ongoing campaigns
- Opportunities to provide evidence and case studies for London Youth submissions to Government consultations and Select Committee Inquires
- Opportunity to meet with or host visits for policy makers
Our work is focused along the following areas:
Advocating for one to one, personalised support throughout a young person’s journey to work, supporting them to develop confidence, resiliance, and job ready skills.
Ensure all young people are given the opportunity to be the best they can be.
Increase opportunities for all young people to get outside and engage in outdoor education.
Youth Social Action
Ensure all young people have the opportunity to engage in social action programmes, by making them flexible, inclusive, youth led and local.
Government and funders recognise the role of informal education in supporting young people to become active and stay healthy.
Would you like to get involved?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting more involved in any London Youth policy activity.
Some useful resources:
Contacting your local MP
Clubs can contact their local MP, to engage them on all the great work you do in their constituency.
You could invite them to attend a club session, to meet the young people you work with, so they can hear from them on the issues they care about.
As well as discussing the work your club does, you can encourage your members to contact them about a range of local and national issues, either by writing to them, by post or email, calling their constituency office or by arranging a meeting with them at their surgery sessions. To find their contact details, you can go on their website directly, or by using They Work For You and entering in your postcode.
What you can ask about:
- Benefits, pensions, national insurance
- Tax (but not council tax as this is set and paid to your local authority)
- Hospitals and the National Health Service (not local social services)
- School closures and grants (not day-to-day school problems like governors or the local education authority)
Registering to vote
Last year, changes were made so that every person is responsible for registering themselves to vote.
As a consequence many young people have fallen off of the register, so organisations should support young people to register.
You can register online in 3 minutes!
1. First step – Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
2. Then, fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
3. You will then get confirmation from your local electoral registration staff to say you’re registered.
If you have no internet at home, there are places across all of London where you will be able to access the internet for free. You may be able to use your local library, or places like MacDonalds and coffee shops, or use this Time Out guide to the find some of the best wifi locations. If you’re a member of a London Youth youth club, you can always talk to them for information about club access.
Engaging young people in politics
Every month, the Youth Affairs APPG meet in Westminster once a month, offering an opportunity for young people and staff from the sector to meet and discuss political topics, with representative MPs. The APPG is run in partnership by the British Youth Council, NCVYS and the YMCA.
If you would be interested in attending one month as a member representative from London Youth, please get in touch.
The General Election
London Youth will be writing to all London MPs after the election, do let them know of the great work our member clubs do in their local constituencies.
If you would like to get involved, you can:
- write an introductory letter (we can provide templates) to accompany London Youth’s
- express your interests in hosting a visit
- send us an update of key achievements of the last few years to be included in any correspondence
Although there are no ongoing policy consultation, you can express an interest by getting in touch and outlining which of the following areas you would like to get involved in. This includes offering evidence, attending consultation focus groups, taking part in phone interviews or providing participant stories.
- Outdoor education
- Social Action