Darlington Youth Partnership

The idea of Darlington Youth Partnerships is to take forward issues that children and young people from the Borough of Darlington have identified and to campaign for change to happen. We aim to ask for their opinions on the important things going on in Darlington, whether it is new town developments, cuts to public spending or youth activities.

Who will be the next Youth MP?

Young people across Darlington are being urged to cast their vote after the candidates for the borough’s next Youth MP were announced.

Five budding politicians have come forward as candidates in a bid to represent their town in the UK Youth Parliament and this week launched their manifestos at a special event at C: The Box.

The candidates are: Jack Houghton, 17, from Darlington College – who will be campaigning for improved sex/relationship education and access to sexual health services; to remove the stigma around teenage mental illness and create more opportunities for students to find places to undertake work experience.

Htet Wunna, 16, from Hummersknott Academy – who will be campaigning to give young people the best chance by protecting schools budgets; right to vote for 16 and 17 year olds and to reduce the negative reputation around mental health and make counselling more accessible in schools.

Dylan Wilson, 14, from Carmel College – who will be campaigning for discount cards for secondary school students; affordable sports facilities for young people across Darlington and affordable and easy ways to get music lessons via schools.

David Wilson, 15, from Hummersknott Academy – who will be campaigning for improvements in physical and mental health facilities and support; giving students the chance to get the best grades they deserve allowing them to re-take exams and provide support for victims and make sure offenders are fairly punished.

Francis Humble, 13, from Carmel College – who will be campaigning for an increase in the minimum wage for under-18s and an under-16 minimum wage; a free school breakfast for every pupil at every school and a discount card for leisure facilities in Darlington.

Campaigning will now begin in earnest ahead of the election which will take place 26 February-2 March. Anyone aged 11-18-years-old who either lives or is educated in Darlington can vote and ballot boxes will be located in secondary schools, colleges and other education providers.

The role will include meeting MPs and Local Councillors, holding events and running campaigns.

The current MYP, Millie Tezcan, who was at the manifesto launch, said:

“The last election for Darlington’s Youth MP saw a record turn out and I really hope we can encourage even more to have their say this time round.”

“It’s an amazing experience and I hope the next Youth MP enjoys their time as much as I have and will give even more young people a voice about things that matter to them.”

Councillor Cyndi Hughes, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added:

“Our young people never cease to amaze me with their passion and enthusiasm for issues that matter to them, and our candidates are fabulous examples of that. I do hope there will be plenty of support from the young people of the borough and I’d encourage them to cast their vote to choose their representative in the UK Youth Parliament.”

Results of the election will be announced on 6 March in the Council Chambers by the Mayor, Councillor Jan Taylor. For more information log onto the website at Darlington Youth Partnership or contact Andy Whittam on 07949 518506 or email andy.whittam@darlington.gov.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook [external link]

Make Your Mark

Youth Parliament [external link]

Mille Tezcan Darlington’s MYP

Hi I am Mille I am 17 and currently studying for my A levels at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form Collage, I became the Youth Parliament (MYP) in September 2017. I will carry on with the excellent work that the former MYP Jess Halliday was campaigning for.

  • Transport prices- reduce public transport costs for 16-18 year olds
  • Mental health- raise awareness and support for Mental Health: A recent Mental Health survey by Healthwatch Darlington included concerns over waiting times and children and young people not feeling that they were actually helped once accessing the services! And 61% of our children and young people survey users told us they don’t think there is enough information available for young people about mental health services.
  • Work experience- increase availability of work experience for young people
  • Employment: Jobs for teens, so we can earn some pocket money and get some work experience.
  • Reintroduce Exam Re-sit: So we can get our best grades possible.
  • Stopping further cuts: We need emergency services, so we can be safe all of the time.

Click the link to see more on my manifesto [pdf document]

National News

UK Youth Parliament have chosen to campaign on votes at 16 and a curriculum for life in 2017. http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk

Votes for 16 year olds

Here are some reasons why you should be able to vote at 16;

  • Give full consent to medical treatment;
  • Pay income tax and National Insurance
  • Obtain tax credits and welfare benefits in their own right
  • Consent to sexual relationships
  • Get married or enter a civil partnership, with parental consent;
  • Change their name by deed poll;
  • Become a director of a company;
  • Serve in the armed forces but not deployed on the front line.

Why not check out our Facebook page [external link] Twitter page [external link] or contact:
Andy Whittam
Participation Officer