LETTER: Representing the youth of county

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In the run up to the general election almost everyone over the age of 18 was offered various leaflets and promises, and whilst we could not vote, the youth have been getting involved too.

Across the whole country, large numbers of young people are participating in regional and national politics.

There is a world of elected youth leaders slowly appearing. In West Sussex 23,000 young people voted to choose their local representative on the West Sussex Youth Cabinet; it was in this recent election that I got voted into the Youth Cabinet for Horsham East.

Over the past few years I have been getting involved in youth politics as I wanted to give young people a voice and make a difference.

I am a member of a group called HYPER (Horsham Young People’s Empowered Representatives) through which I have been able to join many projects to make a difference.

I am a member of the Free Your Mind campaign group, a group of young people who are campaigning for better services for young people with mental health issues. We held a convention in 2014 targeting this and the stigma surrounding mental health, and still campaign to make a difference.

The whole idea of young people getting involved in such movements may seem like quite an odd notion to some, but there is still a large amount of passionate young people out there.

Over the next two years that I am on the Youth Cabinet, I am in the privileged position to represent the young people of Horsham.


Year 10, Tanbridge House School, Guildford Road, Horsham

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