On Tuesday 27th March 2018, St Basil’s facilitated The 2018 Youth Homeless Parliament (YHP) at the House of Commons, Westminster, London. Young people were nominated and recruited from St Basil’s, Centrepoint, St Mungo’s, YMCA England, DePaul UK, Roundabout and Youth Voice. 100+ young people took part in national consultation to share their experiences and knowledge and due to a change of format, 34 young people attended Youth Homeless Parliament, this year.
The Youth Homeless Parliament was established in 2012, aiming to ensure the promotion of a positive and collective youth voice for young homeless people in Parliament, allowing for both young people and Government officials to collaborate and discuss issues directly affecting homeless young people.
Youth Homeless Parliament members directly addressed Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Housing and Homelessness) and officials from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, offering insight and recommendation around how being homeless can cause a barrier to accessing health and support services.
All Youth Homeless Parliament members participated and engaged well with discussion and activities during the main event. The speakers, who bravely delivered very real and hard hitting lived experiences, were cheered on by their peers. It was an inspirational event allowing for young homeless people to truly have their voices heard in Parliament.
“I was very excited about attending Youth Homeless Parliament, exploring the issues affecting young homeless people and giving feedback to the Government with my fellow peers. I was able to speak this year directly to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, it felt good as we are changing other people’s lives.” – Youth Voice Member – E.B.