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Participation in Society

An important part of becoming independent is getting involved in all the things other adults do. This includes everything from joining clubs to voting in elections and your Personal Adviser and Social Worker will want to help you work out what is important to you and how you can get involved. This might include:

  • Providing information on groups and clubs you may wish to join

  • Informing you about relevant awards, schemes and competitions you can enter, in line with your talents and interests

  • Informing you about voluntary work that may interested you

  • Helping you find, and possibly helping with the cost of, leisure activities

  • Encouraging and helping you to enrol on the Electoral Register, so you can vote in elections

  • Helping you access legal advice or other support if you run into difficulty

  • Giving you advice and helping you to challenge any discrimination you might experience.

  • If you are a young person seeking asylum, assist you with the legal process of applying for citizenship

 


 

Registering to vote

Voting is a key part of our society, influencing who our government will be and the direction and approach the nation takes to many issues, including children’s social care. There are various instances in which you might want to vote:

  • General Election: where you choose who you want your local MP to be, which will then influence which political party has overall control in Parliament

  • Local Election: where you chose who you want to represent your interests at your local council,

  • Referendum: usually a one off vote on a significant issue facing the county such as the vote to leave the European Union in 2016.  

 

In order to be able to vote you first need to regiser https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It should only take roughly 5 minutes. If you don’t have access to the internet then this can be done at a public library where there will be computers with access to the internet. If you need any help or support with registering to vote talk to your Personal Advisor and they will help you through the process.

Once you have registered, when a vote is due to take place you should receive a poll card that will have your name, the date of the vote and the location of your polling station. You will need to go to your polling station to vote. You do not need to bring ID with you but it might be useful to have some to hand. You should bring your polling card as it will help speed up the voting process. Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm on the day of a vote.  There are alternatives to voting in person such as a proxy or postal vote but more information about this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Volunteering

There are many opportunities throughout Cambridgeshire to volunteer and gain valuable life skills and experience. This can be very rewarding and the skills and experience you pick up can make you much more employable and help you get a job in the future. Even if it is only a few hours a month it is still worth doing.

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