Slough's Youth Parliament ensures that young people in Slough are able to influence and be involved in decision making in the town.

The most recent SYP elections took place in January 2019 with participation from 19 local secondary schools and more than 130 candidates. The election resulted in 8011 young people voting for their youth representatives and the average turnout for the borough was 75 percent.

Slough’s new Youth Parliament is currently made up of 40 young people aged 12-19. As well as the members elected through schools and colleges, representatives also come from ‘co-opted’ groups from under represented young people. This includes lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender young people, service users, young carers and care leavers. 

The whole Youth Parliament meets bi-monthly, and usually host guest speakers from partner agencies to inform discussion and decision around pertinent issues. In addition to their meetings, youth representatives participate in a range of training and enrichment activities including volunteering at community events, membership of community forums and strategic boards and attending away days and residentials. Members also have the opportunity to represent Slough on the national stage, for example at British Youth Council conventions, The All Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs, Youth Select Committees and the UK Youth Parliament. 

Nationally, In recognition of their campaign efforts in the Make Your Mark consultation, SYP has 3 times been awarded by British Youth Council in Parliament. In 2016, SYP was also shortlisted for a Children and Young People Now, Volunteering and Social Action award. Locally, their campaign efforts have also been recognised at Slough Voluntary Sector awards. In 2017, the group was the runner up for the Group of the Year award and since 2015, many individual members have been winners and finalists in the Young Volunteer category. 

If you would like to know more about the work of Slough Youth Parliament or discuss the involvement from your school, please contact Young People's Service by emailing sloughforyouth@slough.gov.uk or alternatively call on 01753 875510. 

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