BIPA brings 30 young people together across UK and Ireland to work with devolved and national parliamentarians to bring change across the five nations to help young people and bring change for the better. In November, we were looking for 6 young people 16-25 to represent Wales in BIPA! (British / Irish Parliamentary Assembly)
The 6 young people in Wales would meet and talk about issues we face and did consultations with other young people across Wales. We then took these issues and discussed them with other young people in the UK and Ireland to find common issues and collate common calls to take to BIPA.
We met with BIPA in Cardiff in November to debate these issues. The project builds relationships between each Nations young people and their BIPA representative to help bring these calls to the countries government. We will meet again a final time in 2017 to evaluate the project and any changes made in our individual countries as a result of the project.
The young people of the BIPA Youth Symposium call upon Parliamentarians to ensure that the following are implemented in their home nations and jurisdictions:
Improve mental health services for young people
Provide education and access to appropriate services to young people from mental health professionals from the age of 7 ensuring equality of provision in all areas of the UK.
Explore the introduction of text-based mental health services in each nation and jurisdiction
Recognise the importance of youth unemployment
Tackle age-related employment inequalities by introducing structures to reduce youth unemployment.
Equal skills and jobs that match equality of pay for all, regardless of age.
Make youth services a priority public service
Restore and protect youth service provision in all local authorities no matter where young people live in the country
Provide funding to bring youth organisations, their branding, and their structures into the twenty-first century.
Enable every young person to take an active role in democracy
Provide greater opportunities for young people to engage in democratic structures at a local, regional, and national level
Introduce statutory political education and implement a more vocational curriculum to promote active citizenship.
Deliver an inclusive education to all young people to set them up for life
We are calling for the Government to implement a full, LGBTQIA+ inclusive health education, including sex and relationships education, positive body image, and healthy lifestyles.
Brexit negotiation calls
Ensure the freedom of movement for study, travel, and work in the UK and Ireland, and clarification of citizenship and naturalisation processes for UK and Irish citizens in either country post-Brexit.
Ensure that the voices of young people are heard in the EU negotiations, whether this is on Government Bodies, Committees of Parliament or independent commissions. It is vital that young people are fully involved in this process and our voices are heard
Replace lost EU education, training, and community/youth funding, including Erasmus+, Higher Education Research Funding, education grants, and EU student funding.
Ensure UK maintains environmental standards equal to EU environmental regulations for a commitment against climate change.