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Motivated young people want a voice

Perpetual Fostering’s newly appointed youth ambassador Emily Raby speaks out on behalf of young people.


Whether it is public transport, schools, youth work or libraries, everyday young people in the UK are using public services. Sometimes young people want these services improving, and recently it seems evaluation and feedback forms are just not enough. Young people want more of a say in what affects them.

But is this really a recent issue? For years young people around the country have been campaigning for the voting age to be lowered – without much success. However, things could be changing. More than 100,000 young people, aged 16 and 17, registered to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum. This is a shining example of how young people believe that change is not only required, but possible.

And has this example been overlooked? Absolutely not. Many campaigners have seen this as a stepping stone to society realising that young people should and will have a voice. The wheels are now firmly set in motion and it is undeniably clear that young people want to contribute to improving the world they live in.

How exactly will young people do this? Well there are hundreds of ways young people feel they could make an impact! They just need their voices listened to so that change can happen.

Young people know that listening alone is not enough, debates are only relevant to those they affect and we will only see a difference when room is made for fresh ideas. Young people want change. Young people want be heard. Young people want a voice.

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