The youth rights movement starts here…
Young people facing a rising tide of housing, money and mental health problems all too often encounter creaking public services that aren’t responsive to their needs and that fail to uphold their rights.
Young people complain of being fobbed off by council departments that were established to protect them, shut out of mental health services, exploited by employers, singled out for benefit sanctions – and ignored when they try to speak up.
Arguably, no previous generation has experienced a greater need for the skills to navigate ‘the system’ as part of negotiating a successful path to adulthood. Yet few young people are aware of their rights, how to assert them or where to go for advice.
A partnership of funders and leading youth advice charities has come together to pioneer an innovative approach. Make Our Rights Reality (MORR) will:
• Educate young people about their rights and responsibilities and how to tackle their everyday problems
• Support young people to work collectively in their communities to address social injustice
• Establish a national campaign network of young people speaking up for their rights
No Limits will be leading the delivery of MORR in Southampton and Hampshire.
Annabel Hodgson, Chief Executive of No Limits, says:
“No Limits are so excited to be part of this national project promoting young people’s rights. Our Advice Centre in Southampton is seeing increasing numbers of young people who are bewildered and disillusioned – without our support they go round and round in circles trying to access services or claim benefits to which they are entitled. MORR will really help young people to help themselves.”
James McCombe, Team Leader at No Limits, says:
“Working with young people is a pleasure, they appreciate people being genuine, direct, open and honest. They are usually very honest and direct themselves. They are often in my view discriminated against. They are regularly affected by social policy more so than other groups in society but are the least listened to.
When I talk to young people they routinely say they feel that no politicians represent their interests and that they don’t see the point in taking part in the democratic process of voting. I am passionate that young people can be given the means to create change, after all they are the ones who live with the consequences of decisions made today. Young people should be empowered to get their voices heard whether that’s through the ballot box, campaigning, protesting or through artistic expression.”
To find out more about Make Our Rights Reality, visit: www.youthaccess.org.uk/morr/morr-home