Central Bedfordshire Youth Parliament
Our Key Campaigns
Each year we take part in the Make Your Mark Consultation which asks young people from across the UK what issues Youth Parliament should campaign on. Based on the results from across Central Bedfordshire we choose the "Key Campaigns" that the Youth Parliament should campaign on each year.
This year they are as follows...
Protect LGBTQ+ Young People
Central Bedfordshire Youth Parliament are now ready to launch their LGBTQ+ Campaign: ALL DIFFERENT, ALL EQUAL.
The Youth Parliament are hoping to use this campaign to break the stigma around LGBTQ+, to support the creation of LGBTQ+ support groups within Central Bedfordshire, and to highlight some of the discrimination still experienced by members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Youth Parliament have been involved in a mixture of fundraising events; hosting bake sales in schools, pop-up stalls at Central Bedfordshire carnivals, and even attending London Pride. They are currently working on a support group starter pack aimed at helping school's to establish LGBTQ+ support groups.
If you are interested in starting a LGBTQ+ support group in Central Bedfordshire for young people please get in touch. Simply email: for a "LGBTQ+ group kit" which will provide you with posters, information, icebreakers, and more.
Alternatively, you can support the campaign through social media, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #AllDifferentAllEqual. And look out for Youth Parliament coming to a school or carnival near you!
Mental Health was the top issue voted by Central Bedfordshire young people in the 2017 Make Your Mark ballot. Mental Health has consistently been a priority in the Make Your Mark ballots which shows the enormity of the problem for many young people.
Youth Parliament have already done some huge work around this issue (see "our successes" on the Youth Parliament home page). Therefore, our work in 2018 will be to continue to push forward the recommendations made in the Mental Health report so that we can see real changes to the services and support provided.
Prevent Knife Crime was the top issue voted by Central Bedfordshire young people in the 2018 & 2019 Make Your Mark ballot. The Youth Parliament have since teamed up with several organisations to host community knife crime events, fundraisers, and to spread an anti-knife crime message.
Youth Parliament have also adopted the purple ribbon campaign started by the Jodie Chesney Foundation. Jodie Chesney was a young person who was tragically killed in a knife crime incident in 2018. Purple was Jodie's favourite colour and so the purple ribbon was used by the family and friends to both remember Jodie and to promote an anti-knife crime message. Youth Parliament have made lots of their own purple ribbons which they give out at all their events to help raise awareness, if you are interested in using the purple ribbon please get in touch and we can send you some ribbons to give out. Also for more information about the Jodie Chesney foundation please visit their website: https://jodiechesneyfoundation.org/.
Central Bedfordshire Youth Parliament have also teamed up with Bedfordshire Youth Parliament and are planning a "Picnic for Peace" at the River Festival followed by a series of marches against knife crime in various locations in Central Bedfordshire. Stay tuned for more info...