Thirteen-year-old Ashley Moran has championed the views of young people in the city at a UK Youth Parliament debate.
Ashley is Stoke-on-Trent’s Member of Youth Parliament and used the debate to raise awareness and increase support for young carers, which was added to the national UK Youth Parliament manifesto at its annual sitting in Liverpool Hope University in July. Ashley also gave his support for Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021.
Stoke-on-Trent has been represented at the UK Youth Parliament since April 2017, when Ashley was elected by his peers. Thirty-eight young people from the city stood for the position and more than 4,300 people aged 11-18 voted across the city. Ashley’s manifesto includes raising awareness and increasing support for young carers and increasing the availability of free wifi across the city, which he has been working on with Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth.
Ashley said: “There are a number of opportunities for young people in Stoke-on-Trent and I’m really proud to represent the city at the UK Youth Parliament, but there is always more that can be done. I am working to help make sure young carers get better recognition and support for the life changing work they do. I’m also backing the bid for Stoke-on-Trent to win the UK City of Culture 2021 title as this will create more opportunities for young people and a better future for our city.”
Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and employment said: “It’s fantastic that Ashley is representing the views of the young people of Stoke-on-Trent on a national level and it’s great to see his confidence and enthusiasm. It’s really important that young people are involved in decision-making processes as they are the future of the city. Locally, the citywide youth forum is a great way for young people to be involved.”
Young people can join the citywide youth forum by contacting youth development worker Mel Clarke on 07901102919. The forum runs monthly on a Monday night from 6.30pm-8pm.
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