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Herts 1125 is a countywide group for all young people aged 11-25 who live, work or are educated in Hertfordshire. It is led by the Herts UK Youth Parliament (UKYP). The group consults young people in schools and communities and the top five issues go into the Hertfordshire Young People's Manifesto which is presented to decision-makers in Herts.
In 2011 Hertfordshire's Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) thought that young people in the county needed a bigger voice and that non-elected young people needed a way to be heard. The result of this was the creation of Herts1125, a group that can be joined by any young people between the ages of 11 and 25 who live, work or are educated in the county.
The Young People's Manifesto
During the Hertfordshire UK Youth Parliament elections each year, young people vote for the issues the Herts1125 group work on and that Herts UKYP lead. The top five issues form the basis of the Hertfordshire Young People's Manifesto and each year the manifesto is presented to members of Hertfordshire County Council. Herts1125 has forged links with various county councillors, district councillors, the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and other important decision makers.
Top five issues
The top five issues voted for by young people in 2016 during the MYP elections are:
Bullying (2023 votes) - All forms of bullying (verbal, physical, cyber, etc.) should be treated equally and support available when required for victims of bullying.
Mental health and general wellbeing (1672 votes) - Continue work from 2015 Manifesto to improve services and support available for young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Body confidence and self-image (1518 votes) - Impact of social media trends, recognising the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and self-harm.
Equality in Herts (1313 votes) - Equal rights should be promoted and discrimination actively tackled.
Access to health services (1188 votes) - All young people should know their rights regarding confidentiality, support and access for both mental health and physical health services.
The priority issues for the 2016/2017 Manifesto have been consulted on across Herts. The feedback from the consultations along with changes that young people would like to see will be published in the Hertfordshire Young People’s Manifesto, launching 15th October 2016.
If you'd like to get involved in the Hertfordshire Young People's Manifesto 2016/17, please contact Jasmin - details below.
Follow the Herts1125 group on Twitter.
Venue: County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8DF
Age Range: 11-25
Timing and Repeats:
The work of Herts1125 is ongoing - please contact Jasmin if you'd like to get involved.
Public transport costs reimbursed and lunch is provided.
Booking Info: Possible, but not necessary
Contact: Jasmin Payne, tel:01992 555802