Deaf young people – Make Your Mark 2017

Access Bedford has been working with the UK Youth Parliament to support Deaf young people UK wide to access the Make Your Mark Campaign that launched on International Youth Day, 12th August 2017.

Are you aged 11 – 18? Vote here 

Young volunteers Joshua Page and Amy Gair, gave up their time to create a British Sign Language video explaining the Make Your Mark voting topics so that Deaf young people have same opportunity to take part.

The Make Your Mark ballot is the largest consultation of young people in the country. In the national annual ballot beginning 12th August and running till 6th October 2017, young people across the country will be asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 10th November. Voting takes places both online and through ballot papers issued in schools and youth centres throughout the UK.

Ten topics will be available to choose from on the Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by Members of Youth Parliament in their November debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot saw nearly 980,000 young people voting, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK.

Joshua and Amy, who worked with Access Bedford to create the 3 minute British Sign Language video said

“we are just really pleased to help and to give Deaf young people access to the vote in their language. It is important that they can also Make their Mark and vote. We are proud to be involved”.

 For further details on the UK Youth Parliament please refer to http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/

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