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Where are they now? Charlotte Snell…

Charlotte left HOHS at the end of 2016 and we are delighted to hear from her with news of what she’s been doing.  A member of Youth Parliament,  Charlotte took part last week in a forum at East Coast College focusing on young people’s mental health, with speakers including Norman Lamb, MP and Arthur C. Evans, CEO of the American Psychological Association.

Charlotte told me, “ This was an event for teachers, psychologists, health professionals and anyone else involved with children and young people, to discuss what services are like at the moment. It was really interesting – and great to hear adults taking young people’s mental health seriously.”

Liz French, Editor


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Charlotte’s Youth Parliament Experience


Charlotte (Year 11) was voted onto Youth Parliament in March this year for a term of two years.  I interviewed her for an update on her experiences…

Q: What does being a member of YP involve?

Charlotte: I meet with the other  Norfolk YP members once a month at County Hall – there are nine of us and it’s really interesting and rewarding.  It’s certainly made me more aware of how politics works and the big political issues.

Q: Are you aligned with any particular political party?

Charlotte: No. YP is politically neutral, but we do obviously all hold our own views and I enjoy being challenged by the various different opinions.

Q: What kind of things does YP debate?

A: We’ve been looking at issues such as tackling racism, introducing the vote for 16 and 17 year olds, improvements that are needed in mental health services for young people, and the introduction of a curriculum for life – which would give young people more knowledge of financial and political issues, for example. We were involved in choosing the issues to include in the national Make Your Mark Ballot.

Q: What is the Make Your Mark ballot all about?

Charlotte: It’s a national initiative from YP – in September and October nearly a million young people from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted on what they consider to be the most important issue for them. As YP members, we were responsible for deciding which issues to offer as options on the ballot. I went to York for the annual sitting, the first part of the narrowing down process. We debated each of the issues and then chose the top ten for the ballot paper. Then on 11th November  there was a gathering of YP members in the House of Commons to debate on which two issues would become the national campaign focus for 2017.

Q: Did you go to that?

Charlotte: No – I’ll go next time! We take it in turns and I was selected for the York sitting. But I watched the debate as it was televised, and found it really refreshing and exciting. When you see  MPs in the Commons, to be honest it all looks a bit tired and cynical and to me they all look and sound the same! But with YP there is so much more diversity and it feels like a more even split between the genders and ethnic and religious backgrounds. It gives me hope for the future!

You can find out more about Youth Parliament including videos (and some photos featuring Charlotte) on Norfolk Youth Parliament Facebook page.

The photo below shows Charlotte in a school assembly at HOHS before she was elected, explaining the role of the Youth Parliament and why she wanted to stand.

Liz French, Editor



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Congratulations to Charlotte – elected to Youth Parliament!

Charlotte3Election results for the Norfolk constituencies of the UK Youth Parliament were announced last night at County Hall – and Charlotte Snell, in Year 10, was amongst the winning candidates. She explains: “There are three boys and six girls representing Norfolk. Everybody who won was very happy! I won with just over 1100 votes and my opponent received just over 1000 votes so it was very close in my constituency of Norwich North!” Charlotte is looking forward to representing her constituency on the UK Youth Parliament, which exists to give young people a voice on the issues important to them. You can find more information on the Norfolk County Council website and on the Norfolk Youth Parliament Facebook page.

The photo below shows Charlotte in a school assembly at HOHS recently, explaining the role of the Youth Parliament and why she wanted to stand for election.



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Charlotte standing for Youth Parliament


Charlotte Snell (Year 10) is hoping to be elected onto Norfolk Youth Parliament this month. In yesterday’s assembly she explained the role of Youth Parliament, which gives young people a voice to bring about positive change in areas that matter to them.

“I am passionate about the local community”, she says, “and want to give young people in Norwich and Norfolk a voice. I would stand up for young people and make a difference. I think that all young people should be given a chance to have a say in how things are done.”

There will be nine Youth Parliament members elected in total from different areas of Norfolk and Norwich. Charlotte is standing for Norwich North and voting takes place between 14th and 20th March.  The results will be announced on 22nd March. Good luck, Charlotte!

You can find more information on the Norfolk County Council website.