News: Rallying Call To Young People
Friday, 11th June 2004
Young people from Lancashire are encouraging their peers to become politically aware thanks to a groundbreaking DVD which has won Government approval.
Lancashire County Council has invested £6000 in the DVD which is being produced by 30 members of the district youth councils and will be used to promote politics to young people all over the country.
The DVD, which will be 25 minutes long, features interviews with county councillors, MPs and Government ministers, including Ian McCartney, who is Labour Party Chairman and Mark Perfect, the Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board.
Members of Lancashire Youth Council and the district youth councils were keen to make a DVD to promote the importance of becoming politically aware as well as encouraging young people to think about standing as a councillor or MP.
The DVD, which is due out at the end of July, is aimed at the 16-22 age group. A total of 7000 copies will be sent to community centres and youth groups across Lancashire before the DVD could be adopted by youth groups nationwide.
Nadeem Patel, from Deepdale, is sitting his A-levels at Preston College and is a committed member of Lancashire Youth Council.
The 18-year-old said:
"We don't want young people to think that politics is just about men in grey suits.
"If they can watch a DVD and see other young people talking about their interest in politics then it might inspire them to get involved."
Emma McGurrin, from the County Council's youth and community team, said:
"As the members of Lancashire Youth Council and the 12 district youth councils are becoming older some of them are thinking about becoming politicians and they want to make sure the young people who are following in their footsteps are just as enthusiastic about politics.
"They are putting a lot of work into the DVD. We're thrilled that the Government has taken an interest in what we are doing and are thinking about producing the DVD for young people all over the country."
County Councillor Clive Grunshaw, who is Cabinet Member responsible for Children and Families, said:
"This is an excellent opportunity for young people to make their voices heard.
"We already have a striving Youth Council and district youth councils in Lancashire, but this is a chance for even more young people to get involved in politics and inspire future generations to take an interest."
For further information please contact: Jane Bullock on 01772 533521