Scouts Speak Up in Brighton

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Scouts Speak Up travelled to the annual Labour Party Conference at Brighton Pier on Sunday, where Scouts got the chance to meet MPs and discuss the issues that affect young people.

Positive change

The Scouts Speak Up events provide young people with a valuable opportunity to talk to their MPs about the issues that affect them both locally and nationally, allowing them to discuss how they can actively help positive change happen.

Zoe, a Scout from Chingford, was one of nearly one hundred Scouts from across the UK at the special event on Sunday, and got the chance to meet with numerous members of Parliament, including Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West (pictured). Zoe said: ‘I really enjoyed talking to MPs who care about our hopes for the future and views on issues that are currently affecting us.’ She added, ‘I was eager to make good use of this opportunity to discuss ways in which my friends and I can improve our community and help make a difference.’

‘Together, we're stronger’

The Scouts Speak Up events have proved to be a huge success in recent years in terms of empowering young people. This year, Scouts were given the opportunity to choose subjects of discussion and prepared questions to ask the MPs prior to the event. All the Scouts who attended showed that they are passionate about having a positive impact on today’s society.

Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan and shadow minister for children and families said, ‘There is tremendous work going on in Scouting giving young people a good name. Scouts can make a real change by campaigning for more life opportunities for young people by reaching out into their local communities. It is important that MPs build links with their Scout groups and help more adults to volunteer.’

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said, ‘Events like this are really important for Scouts who are looking to make change happen. I want members to feel empowered to fulfil their dreams and ambitions, value the contribution they make to our communities and to feel proud of everything they do. For all those campaigning for young people to get their voice heard and be a positive force in society I say well done, keep at it and don’t give up. Together, we’re stronger.’

The next Scouts Speak Up event will be held on 29 September at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. If you'd like to find out more about events like this, or want help engaging your local representatives, please contact us at citizen@scouts.org.uk.

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