Election candidates talk politics with young service users

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27 Apr 2015
by Neil Skinner

Parliamentary candidates for the Ashfield constituency visited vulnerable young people in Sutton-in-Ashfield to explain the electoral system and stress the importance of voting.

Framework, which helps dozens of homeless and vulnerable young people in the area, invited all the candidates to a meeting at the Outram Centre – which sits beneath its specialist accommodation service for homeless young people.

Gloria De Piero (Labour), and Simon Ashcroft (UKIP) attended the session, along with Sara Carsweel from the office of Liberal Democrat candidate Philip Smith attended the session on Friday, April 17. Invites were also been extended to all other candidates.

Framework Support Worker Wendy Naylor and her Colleague Debbie Halfpenny organised the session. Wendy, who helps vulnerable young people to sustain their tenancies, explained: “We did a bit of research recently and found that the vast majority of the young people we work with are not registered to vote – often because they think there is no point.

“We don’t think this is right and have taken steps to address this issue. Our work with vulnerable young people is all about helping them to live fulfilled and independent lives as adults.  We want to educate them about the political system to allow them to fully engage with the communities in which they live. This is not a party political event, but a chance for our candidates to engage with some of the people who need their support the most.”

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