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How You Can Get Involved with the General Election – for under 18’s

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We know that for many young people who aren’t yet old enough to vote, the upcoming General Election may make you feel frustrated, unseen and forgotten.

With this in mind, we wanted to share some ways you can still get involved with the General Election and politics, even though you aren’t yet 18.

 

The main purpose of voting is to have your voice heard and influence decisions that are made in both your local area and across the country.

The good news is that there are lots of different ways for you to have your voice heard and to  influence what happens without needing to be 18 or vote in a general election.

 

Join your local Youth Council

A great way you can have your voice heard and influence your local area is by joining your local youth council.

Youth councils help bring attention to issues to matter to young people, take part in social action, and provide opportunities for you to have your voice heard on strategies and decisions made by your local authority.

Click the name of your local youth council to find out more:

If you want to have a wider influence than just your local area, you can get involved at a national level with the UK Youth Parliament.

Find out more about how you can get involved with the UK Youth Parliament here.

 

Engage with causes that you care about

Whether it’s mental health, climate change, education, LGBTQ+ rights, or something else, there will be organisations out there calling out for change on either a local or national level.

There will be lots of ways that you can get involved such as:

  • Sharing news and campaigns on social media or with people around you
  • Signing petitions
  • Taking part in fundraising events (helping them to have the funds to create change)
  • Participating in surveys or focus groups
  • Joining a Young Ambassador or Youth Participant group

 

If you are passionate about mental health, our Young Ambassadors here at No5 would love to hear from you! Please get in touch by emailing youngambassadors@no5.org.uk.

 

Register to vote (16+)

Did you know you can register to vote from your 16th birthday?

Whilst this might seem pointless at first, especially as you can’t yet vote, it does actually impact a lot for both you and the area you live in!

Improves your credit score

One of the first ways that being registered to vote can help you is that it can improve your credit score. We know that this may not yet be something you are thinking about, but this can be helpful when you come to applying for things such as mortgages, loans and credit cards.

Less Paperwork on Applications

It also means that companies can verify your identity against the electoral register meaning you have to fill in less paperwork on applications for things such as rent, passports/driving licenses and insurance.

Adds you to the list for Jury Duty

You will also be added to the list for jury duty once you are registered to vote. Whilst this might not seem like it could have a big influence, it means there will be more people like you from your community represented on jury’s.

 Supports the provision of more resources in your community

Resources for local areas tend to be decided by the number of people on the electoral register (the number of people registered to vote in your local area) rather than the latest census. This means that if only 50% of your local population are registered to vote, then there will only be enough resources, such as libraries, schools and leisure facilities, for that 50% – meaning that there isn’t enough to go around for everyone who lives there.

So, by registering to vote, you are helping paint an accurate picture of how many people there are living in your area!

 

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