Inside the Conservative Party Conference

This year’s Conservative Party Conference was an incredible experience for me as a young adult. There was always an exciting atmosphere wherever you went; whether it be attending a fringe event, watching one of the ministerial speeches, queuing for an event, or just sampling walking around the exhibition zone.

For most of the first two days I based myself in the Youth Zone so I could represent UK Youth at all the various fringe events regarding young people’s issues. One thing that struck me throughout these events was that most of what affects young people is actually the same as the rest of the population: it just has to be articulated in a different way.

It was a great pleasure to shadow the CEO of UK Youth, Anna Smee. At the events she gave some excellent answers about the skills young people need in our increasingly digitised global economy. Conservative MP Chloe Smith, who is an outstanding advocate of youth affairs in Parliament, also did an excellent job of chairing the many panel discussions.

Read more about Joe’s time at the Conservative Conference

#UpgradeYourWorldUK

As part of their #UpgradeYourWorldUK campaign, Microsoft have generously provided UK Youth with funding to support our new initiative, Youth of the Year Awards

This awards ceremony, held inside Buckingham Palace, will celebrate and promote the great work that young people do outside of formal education with their youth clubs or youth organisations. A young person from each nation (Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England) will be selected to receive an award and grant to honour their achievements and difference made in their local communities.

Read more about the Youth of the Year Awards