Sheffield teenagers meet city MP to have their voices heard

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Teenagers in Sheffield had their voices heard when they met a city MP to talk about issues of the day.

The ‘Big Conversation’ event, for young people aged between 13 and 18 years old, was attended by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

He met members of Sheffield’s Youth Cabinet and along with Master Cutler Craig Mackay and Jayne Ludlam, Sheffield Council’s Director of Children and Young People’s Services, joined a range of professionals eager to hear the views of young people.

Mental health training for professionals, climate change and a suggestion of having specialist professionals working in schools to teach life skills including sex education, first aid and finances were among the topics discussed.

MP Blomfield said: “I believe that politicians should do more to listen to young people - one reason I support lowering the voting age to 16 – so this was their chance to let me know what they think about politics and what I should be standing up for in Parliament.”

Eleri Kirkpatrick, Deputy Member of Youth Parliament, said: “The Big Conversation was a great way to speak about the issues that are important to young people with our local MP Paul Blomfield.”

The conversation tackled big issues such as mental health training for professionals.

The event was held at Sheffield Futures offices on Division Street in Sheffield city centre.

Sheffield Futures is an independent charity which supports young people to achieve their full potential at school and at work.

A spokesman said: “We are passionate about making sure that young people’s voices are at the heart of everything we do.”