Wigan MP Lisa Nandy visited the Access 2 Opportunities (A2O) group run by Wigan Council youth workers at Ince Community Centre this week after she organised a trip to the Houses of Commons for the young people.
Lisa and the young people at the A2O group chatted about the difficulties of finding a job, politics and the daunting feel of the Houses of Parliament during the session.
The Shadow Children’s Minister said:
“The thing that young people come and see y about the most is without a doubt not being able to get a job.
“In the current economic downturn, this is affecting young people from all backgrounds whether they are leaving school, college or university and it is really dispiriting for them.
“I had a problem getting a job when I left uni as well and there were a lot more jobs around back then.
“The one thing I would say is don’t give up because you will get there eventually if you keep trying.”
In return the youth group members gave their opinions on the importance of expressing their views in life.
Group member Megan Bamber, 18, said:
“We get a lot of opportunities through this youth group, and there should be more opportunities in other areas like employment.
“It should be easier for young people to get jobs when you try your best at college and get the best grades you can.
“We are learning to try and get our point across about things like this now because if we can’t now then we certainly won’t be able to as adults.”
Lisa also urged the young people to challenge her and keep her on her toes. She said:
“Regardless of what party you support and what you believe, challenge us MPs.
“We work for you and it is helpful for us when people say, come on what are you going to do about this.”
Youth worker Vicky Perry said:
“We encourage young people to think for themselves and to question things, and that is exactly what you have to do as an MP so it’s been great to have this session.
“This whole group have been on a journey from us youth workers meeting the young people out on the streets to having them in the group, hearing their views and asking questions.”
For more information on the A2O youth group contact Wigan Council’s Voice and Engagement Team on 01942 486237.