“…by taking part in UK Parliament Week you really can affect change!”
Hi I’m Amber and I am an assistant leader for a Girlguiding Ranger unit in Chelmsford, Essex. We are quite a special unit as we meet monthly to record a radio show on a local community radio station, Chelmsford Community Radio.
Our show is called The GENE (pronounced genie) radio show and we sign up every year to take part in UK Parliament Week.
We devote the whole of our November show to talking about UKPW and even trying out some of the activities on air. As I’m sure you can appreciate, this takes a little bit of adaptation and imagination!
Last year, we decided to invite our local MP Vicky Ford on to the show. Our girls planned their questions in advance of the visit and decided to lobby Vicky about period poverty. This is something that affects many girls across the country and is a subject they feel very strongly about. They spoke about how no girl should lose precious time off school because of being unable to afford sanitary products and that they should be available for free at school.
Vicky listened to our girls and took this information back to Parliament. We were thrilled to hear at the recent Your UK Parliament Week awards that this had helped to change the law and that from September 2019 there will be a free sanitary products scheme in English secondary schools.
Proof that by taking part in UK Parliament Week you really can affect change!