Making their mark
Tackling knife crime, homelessness and improving mental health were the three most important issues for Islington’s young people in a recent ballot for the UK Youth Parliament.
Youth Councillor Isabella Wolday-Myers is Islington’s Member of Youth Parliament. She canvassed more than 2,500 young people across Islington to find out what their top issues were on the Make Your Mark ballot.
The Make Your Mark ballot is the largest youth consultation in Europe and issues young people vote for are debated by members of the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons.
Isabella said: “Make Your Mark gave us the opportunity to check in with our electorate. It’s great so many young people took part, including young people who are looked after by Islington Council. We were also supported by specialist youth workers who helped us engage with young people on our estates, so they could have their say.
“We will be at the next full council meeting in December and will use this opportunity to challenge council leaders about these priority issues.”
The top 3 issues for young people in Islington
End to knife crime: Too many young people’s lives are lost to knife crime: the government needs to do more to help end the knife crime epidemic.
Mental Health: Mental health services should be improved with young people’s help; and should be available in schools.
Let’s tackle Homelessness: Every person should have a place to live and the opportunity to live comfortably.