With youth engagement in the upcoming election a hot-button issue, MP Keir Starmer and Camden Council leader Georgia Gould visited us to speak directly to our homeless young people about the huge challenges facing them.
Introduced by one of the young men we support, the MP fielded questions from NHYC clients and staff on everything from low youth wages to the rights of EU migrants. Newly elected Georgia Gould spoke about the work she is doing with our CEO Shelagh O'Connor to protect funding for youth services in Camden, and both she and Mr. Starmer gave passionate responses to a questions about why young people aren't engaging with the political process, something we've been working hard to tackle by encouraging everyone accessing NHYC to register to vote using our centre as their home address.
"Politicians need to talk to young people like you to work out what conversation we need to be having... I don't think we listen to young people enough"
Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn & St Pancras to our young people
The event concluded with our guests being photographed on the red sofa which represents the 76% of 'hidden homeless' young people forced to sofa surf in London and across the UK.
We are hugely grateful to Keir and Georgia for making space in their schedules to come and visit us, and hope to see them again soon!
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