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Welcome to the UK Youth Parliament in Somerset. This is part of the national UK Youth Parliament, and Somerset has three  Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) representing the county at national level.

What does the UK Youth Parliament do nationally?

  • The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better.
  • Run by young people for young people, UKYP provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
  • The UKYP has 600 elected MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) aged 11-18.
  • These young people are elected representatives of their constituents.
  • At the Annual Sitting (held in July) the UKYP produces a national manifesto that is presented to the Government, informing them of the beliefs of young people across the country. 

What does the UKYP do in Somerset?

  • In Somerset there are three Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs).
  • The Somerset constituencies are Mendip & Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Taunton Deane & West Somerset.
  • Somerset also has an Advisory Group of 30 young people from across the County, who act as a reference group for the MYPs.
  • The MYPs all have manifesto issues which they campaign on. This years manifestos focus on:
    • Young people for a safer community
    • Promoting and empowering young people’s voice
    • Young people’s health and wellbeing

Somerset UKYP also acts a representative voice for young people in Somerset, taking part in decision making (such as youth grant giving), consultations, interviews and much, much more. See the Achievement Lists for more detailed information.

Who can join?

Anyone aged between 11 and 18 who lives in Somerset! You don't need any previous experience or knowledge - just a willingness to work on behalf of other young people.

What's the time commitment? 

You need to come to the all day Advisory Group meetings (usually the first Sunday of every month) - then what projects you take on outside these meetings are up to you.

How do I get Involved? 

Just phone or email us and we'll be happy to answer your questions and explain how to become involved.

To find out more about the UKYP nationally, visit the national website at: http://www.ukyouthparliament.co.uk/