Your child’s voice can shape the future

Youth Parliament elections are now open!

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Youth Parliament elections are open and they’re inviting young people living or going to school in Central Bedfordshire to stand for election.

The Youth Parliament has been working in the community for the last 15 years to provide a voice for young people, and to make a positive difference by campaigning for issues that affect them. In the past, the Youth Parliament has designed training for teachers around various issues, raised money for charity and instigated a work experience programme at Central Bedfordshire Council.

Members also work with the UK Youth Parliament, with local representatives joining the annual debate and sitting on the green benches in the House of Commons to debate issues affecting young people.

Hear from previous members of the Youth Parliament

Valentina said: “It was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my young life. It motivated me to go into politics and to study Politics at university. You have the opportunity to make a difference and to make a great change within the community, and to have your voice heard.”

Emily said: “You should definitely [join the Youth Parliament]! Because it’s one of the best opportunities I’ve had so far, and it’s definitely worth it because you get to meet new people, make new friends, and you achieve so much!”

To be elected, young people will need to complete an online application form.

The closing date is 3 December. Each school has two positions available, and anyone who applies must be willing to campaign alongside other students in their school for one of the two positions.

The Central Bedfordshire Youth Voice Team can provide support; to contact them please email:

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