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YMCA Hosts Hustings Event

April 7, 2015

YMCA HUMBER and Grimsby Institute are teaming up to host a Youth Hustings event at the Institute on Wednesday 22nd April from 5pm.

The event will take the format similar to BBC’s Question Time and is designed to encourage our local young people to engage in local politics and with their prospective MPs.

Prospective Parliamentary Candidates from the Great Grimsby constituency will be invited to the event and questions will be sought from the young people prior to the Hustings and asked to each representative from the five major parties.

The event comes on the back of the launch of YMCA England’s manifesto, which will be unveiled at the House of Commons in London on Tuesday 10th March.

Andrew Hornsby, Foyer Manager for YMCA Humber is organising the Hustings Event and he is hopeful of a good turnout from the young people of North East Lincolnshire.

He said: “It is often said that young people are our future and we feel obliged to remind prospective local MPs of their views, opinions and desires for the future of our (and their) world.

“We also want to encourage young people to engage in politics, which is why we are hosting this event when the General Election is on everyone’s agenda.

“Grimsby Institute have been thoroughly supportive of the event and we are delighted to have them on board.”

Similar Hustings events are being held at YMCAs around the country and Andrew is encouraging young people to come along and allow their voices to be heard.

He continued: “This is your chance to meet representatives of all of the main political parties, ask questions, have your say, and be part of a unique opportunity to shape the future!

“If you are a young person and have an issue that matters to you them we want to hear from you.

“You can also get in touch with your local youth, community group or education facility to get them to register their interest in the Hustings.”

The new manifesto is calling on politicians from all political parties to consider the needs of young people, the future generation.

The 30-page manifesto, ‘We Believe’ which draws on the experience and opinions of young people across the country, highlights five key areas for change: housing and accommodation, family work, health and wellbeing, training and education, democracy and youth engagement.

Recommendations made in the manifesto, range from a need to build more affordable housing, through to proposals for a ‘Help to Rent’ scheme which could help more young people negotiate the challenges of saving for a deposit and costly monthly rents as well as better mental health support and incentives to encourage companies to take on more young apprentices.

Andrew added: “Young people represent the future of our country.

“In our work, we constantly find ourselves supporting young people who are keen to learn skills, pursue job opportunities or who, once someone takes time to listen, reveal big plans and ideas for how they would like to contribute to the local community.

“However, limited educational opportunities, a lack of suitable jobs and an inflexible welfare system can leave young people feeling cast aside and unsupported.

“With a just a little bit of extra help to help them on their way in life, the young people of our country would be able to give back so much.

“It makes sense for representatives from all political parties to listen to the recommendations in our Manifesto.”

Amanda Nettleton, Learner Wellbeing & Support Coordinator at the Grimsby Institute, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to support the Hustings at the Grimsby Institute.  We feel it is very important that we offer our learners as much information about their options when it comes voting.

“The Hustings will also prove very useful for the potential MPs as it will give them a greater insight into the thoughts and feelings of our young people.”

To pledge your support for the YMCA manifesto, and call for more support for young people, simply visit: www.ymca.org.uk/webelieve.

To download a copy of the full manifesto, visit: www.ymca.org.uk/manifesto

To book your place on YMCA Humber’s Hustings, please visit the Eventbrite page.