In late July 2016, young people nationally decided on the top ten issues that were important to them.
- Votes at 16
- A curriculum to prepare us for life
- First Aid education for all young people
- Mental health
- Stop cuts that affect the NHS
- Body image
- Fund our youth services, don’t cut them
- Raising awareness of sexual harrassment in schools
- Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish
Between August and the end of September 2016 — over 8 weeks — Surrey’s Youth Collective members were out in the streets, at events and in schools, talking to as many youth organisations and young people as they possible could to get votes on the issues most important to Surrey’s young people.
In October 2016 the results were announced by the British Youth Council…
The results came in and what an achievement — our Collective members had gathered 27,004 votes from young people aged 11 to 18 on the most important issues to them.
Yes, you read that correctly — we had collected a massive 27,004 votes !!!
Not only that, but nationally it placed Surrey 2nd in the largest national youth consultation !
Amazing when you think back to 2015 when we only managed to collect 2,816 votes in total.
Surrey’s votes contributed towards the total of 978,216 young people nationally that voted on topics that were important to them and which should be debated in the House of Commons on 11th November 2016.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all those who voted, all the schools that helped us collect votes and all the organisations and people who assisted us, collected votes with us, supported us and made this success a huge possibility.