Make Your Mark

Summary

Young people aged 11-18 from Slough took part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot from August to October 2018.  This is the largest consultation of young people in the country which asked more than a million young people to select their top issues.  The ballot was coordinated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) and locally by members of Slough Youth Parliament (SYP) and staff from the Young People's Service.
 
Ten topics which included knife crime, mental health, a curriculum to prepare young people for life, and funding for youth services were available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper.  The five most popular topics among young people were then discussed by the UKYP in their November debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.  Slough was represented at the debate by Raakhi Sharma, 16, Baylis Girls School.
 
Sixteen secondary schools took part in the ballot as well as Langley College and youth groups from the YES Consortium and Active Slough.  More than 11,000 young people from across Slough voted which was the highest percentage turnout for the South East region and the second highest in the country with a 95 per cent turnout.  SYP will now bring the results of the national debate and local ballot to the attention of decision makers.
 

2018 Results

The top 5 issues locally were:

  1. Put an end to Knife Crime - Too many young people's lives are lost to knife crime; the Government need to do more help end the knife crime epidemic
  2. Mental health - Mental health services should be improved with young people's help; and should be available in schools.
  3. Equal Pay for Equal work - Give young people the same amount of pay, if they are doing the same work as adults in the same job.
  4. Lets tackle Homelessness - Every person should have a place to live and the opportunity to live comfortably.
  5. A curriculum to prepare us for life - Schools should cover topics like finance, sex and relationship education and politics.

This year's exceptional 95 per cent voting turnout clearly shows how engaged and interested Slough's young people are in politics and the big issues that affect them.

- Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, Cabinet Member for Children and Education

Get Involved

The Make Your Mark ballot will run again during autumn 2019 and SYP members will help coordinate the ballot in their school.  Slough Borough Council will be calling on secondary schools to register online by end of July 2019.

SYP is supported by the Young People's Service, Slough Borough Council.  For more information on Slough's Youth Voice initiatives please email sloughforyouth@slough.gov.uk or alternatively call on 01753 875510.