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Are you interested in having your say about your local community and getting involved in decision making?

Do you want to have your opinions taken into account when decisions are made about issues that affect you?

What is Youth Voice?

Youth Voice is the name we give to all of the different ways in which you can give your views and thoughts on the services and issues that affect you and your friends.

It is about giving you the opportunity to get your views across to people in power and making sure that your views are heard locally, regionally and nationally

  • UK Youth Parliament

  • Locally based youth councils and forums:

  • Basingstoke Youth Movement

  • East Hampshire Youth Council

  • Fareham Youth Council

  • Gosport Youth Council

  • New Forest Youth Advisory Group

  • How can you get involved?

    • Hampshire County Youth Conference

    • Care ambassadors (known elsewhere as Children in Care Council)

    • School and student councils

    • Local Children’s Partnership Young People’s Advisory Groups

    • Youth forum for disabled young people – this is a new group being set up and we are looking for members. You can find out more or sign yourself up by attending the next Hampshire County Youth Conference

    • Comment on current Hampshire County Council consultations

    You can also join in the debate online at our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Get involved nationally

    Contact the participation team for more information

    Hampshire County Youth Conference

    A number of conferences are held each year for young people in Hampshire.  You need to attend with a referring organisation, this can be a school or voluntary organisation.  Lunch is provided at these events.  Your school will decide if you will need to wear your uniform

    Aim of the conferences:

    • Share examples of projects undertaking good practice

    • Get views from you on how best we should communicate and support young people – what could we do better?

    • Understand the role of the Members of Youth Parliament

    • Identify local priorities

    • Explore opportunities to implement local social enterprise

    • Give you  an opportunity to directly question decision makers

    Outcomes after the conferences:

    • Help to set local priorities for the development of services for children and young people

    • Initiate local social enterprise projects

    • Feedback given and actioned by decision makers

    The day may include:

    • An opportunity to take part in a simulated committee meeting with County Councillor’s to learn about the council and how decisions are made

    • A guided, interactive tour of the council buildings to explain and demonstrate how local democracy works

    • The chance to debate issues and the opportunity to submit questions to Councillors for their views on a topic

    For more information, including details of previous events please contact

    UK Youth Parliament

    The results of this years UK Youth Parliament elections are as follows:

    Hart/Rushmoor/East Hants

    MYP Mishca Gandhi. 14. Eggar's School

    DMYP Michael Chacko. 14. Yateley School


    MYP Neil Sahota. 15. Kings' School Winchester

    DMYP Charlotte Ralph. 15. Hamble Community Sports College


    MYP William Peters. 15. Cams Hill School

    DMYP Lucy Page. 15. Crofton School

    Test Valley/New Forest

    MYP Daanyaal Khan. 15. The Mountbatten School

    DMYP Theo Youds. 15. Rookwood School, Andover

    52 candidates stood for election (64 expressed an interest), 40 schools/colleges participated as polling stations, with 9460 votes cast across the county.

    The new Members take up their posts from 1 March. If you would like more information about the UKYP or to talk with the Member for your area please email

    How does UKYP work in Hampshire?

    • Four seats are available in Hampshire

    • You will be invited to vote for their preferred candidate in your area.  Your local candidate will represent you nationally and with local MP’s and County Councillors

    • The candidate in each area who has the highest votes will become the MYP, and the second highest will become their deputy

    • Once in post the candidates will campaign locally and nationally.  They will also attend the House of Commons to debate with other MYP’s

    Hampshire County Council will help by:

    • Encouraging you to get involved

    • Supporting the local MYP in carrying out their role

    • Enabling you to vote, for example by hosting a polling station

    See for more information or contact the Participation Team.


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