Do you want to make a positive change for young people in Kingston and Richmond?

To register to become a candidate for one or both elections, you must be aged between 11 (in Year 7) and 19 (or 25 if you have a disability) and you need to live, work or go to a school, college or youth club in the Kingston or Richmond boroughs.

What is the Kingston and Richmond Youth Council?

The Kingston and Richmond Youth Council is a group of young people that ensure the voice of young people is heard and acted upon in both boroughs.

What is UK Youth Parliament?

The UK Youth Parliament ensures that young people have the opportunity to use their voice to bring about change on a national level. There is a member of Youth Parliament for each borough.

What do they do?

Kingston and Richmond Youth Council and the UK Youth Parliament have the power to influence important decisions that affect the lives of young people in Kingston and Richmond and across the UK. They also plan innovative projects, events and training that take place throughout the year. Check out our participation pages on this site to see the current work of the Kingston and Richmond Youth Council.

Support for candidates

Candidates will receive training to support them in their campaign to get elected. They will create a manifesto of their policies and attend hustings. Those who are successful need to commit to weekly meetings where they will work with professionals, politicians and other young people. They will research into what are the real issues for young people and how services can be improved to meet these needs.

Can I be a candidate in the youth council and UKYP elections?

Yes, as long as you live, work or go to a school, college or youth club in the borough. You need to be aged between 11 (in Year 7) and 19 (or 25 if you have a disability) for the youth council. To stand for the UK Youth Parliament you must be between 11 and 17. Kingston is divided into four areas and Richmond five areas. If you put yourself up for election, you will be standing as candidate for your particular area. For the UKYP election, you will be standing as a candidate for the whole borough.

How do I run to be a candidate?

Election leaflets are being distributed to schools, colleges and youth centres across both boroughs so keep your eyes peeled for them! Please complete and tear off the postage paid back of the flyer and put in any post box. You don’t need a stamp. Please make sure we can read your writing!

Alternatively you can apply online at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/youth_elections_2018-19/

Once registration has closed you will receive information via emails and we will be putting information updates on this site, such as candidate training dates and other important information so please visit this website regularly to keep updated!

You will need to register to become a candidate by Friday 16 November 2018‚Äč.

Good luck!