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Make Your Mark Results 2020

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Make Your Mark Results 2020

Posted by Zoe Wells on 8 February 2021

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Make Your Make Results 2020

It’s not been an easy time to hold a consultation! But the Youth Parliament UK have been doing exactly that.

Before sending a ballot out, the Mark Your Mark campaign selected a variety of UK/Devolved topics for young people to vote on. Normally, after the ballot, Members of Youth Parliament would debate these topics in the House of Commons. But like most things over the past year, this was not possible! Therefore, the outcome of the vote has directly informed which campaigns the Youth Parliament will take on.

The nationwide campaigns that have been chosen are:

  • Free University
  • Mental Health
  • Stop Plastic Pollution

Suffolk Members of Youth Parliament came together (virtually!) to decide what they think the next campaign for Suffolk should be. The local results were very different from the national results.

The top three local topics were:

  1. Homelessness
  2. Improve Places to Go
  3. Access to Jobs and Training

From these results, the Suffolk Members of Youth Parliament chose their next campaign ‘Homelessness’.

Tanaquil Lu, MYP for Ipswich and South Suffolk, said

‘The issue of homelessness is important to me because I believe no one deserves to sleep on the cold streets, hungry and alone. I think this issue also does not target homeless young people which I would like to address. I seek to decrease the number of homeless people, as well as their suffering. I recognise that I cannot give much help as one individual, and so I wish to work with my Youth Parliament colleagues in order to take effective action.’



Youth Parliament News

The Members of Youth Parliament in Suffolk have been busy over the winter months!

Outside of the Make Your Mark results, they have been working on several projects.

Millie Ball (DMYP for Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk), Isaac Carter (MYP for Waveney and North Suffolk), and Poppy Brown (DMYP for Ipswich and South Suffolk) have been working on an Instagram campaign called ‘A  Happier Suffolk’.

This campaign has been designed to encourage a better mental wellbeing. On their Instagram page you can find:

  • Positive quotes
  • Self care tips
  • And ‘Service Saturday’ where they promote services available to you in Suffolk.   

The handle is @ahappiersuffolk, and is run by young people, for young people – incredible!

Further to this, Poppy has created an amazing presentation to help change the stigma around talking mental health. She has used quotes from celebrities, using their words to help you know that you are not alone. A live stream of this presentation was included as part of Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, and Poppy had a quick chat to Zoe (Co Production Adviser) before introducing the presentation.

Want to watch the interview and presentation? Click here.


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