Question Time

Question Time

Stockport Town Hall, Friday 17th January 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Join us at the Stockport Town Hall on Friday 17th January for our young person's Question Time.

This is an opportunity for the local community and those across Greater Manchester to question a panel of National Politicians, Council Leaders and special guests on important issues to young people.

Tune into our live twitter feed here on Friday 17th January to ask questions live, leave comments and see what our panel say about the topics up for discussion.

Panel

  • Angela Rayner – Shadow Secretary of State for Education – Deputy Labour Leadership contender
  • Sir Graham Brady – Member of Parliament
  • Mark Hunter – Lib Dem Cllr. Stockport
  • Stuart Dunne – Deputy CEO Youth Focus North West
  • Marcus Noden – Superintendent of Police
  • Ricky Boleto - BBC Newsround Presenter and Reporter

Topics that will be discussed:

  • Mental health services for young people

We'll be delving into how accessible mental health services are for young people across Greater Manchester, how wait times and the stigma surrounding mental health with the rise of social media are effecting the youth of today.

  • Knife Crime

The NHS recorded around 330 cases of people being stabbed across the Greater Manchester police area last year. We'll be questioning the panel why they believe knife crime is on the rise and what should young people, if anything, be doing about it?

  • Hate Crime

In 2019 the Greater Manchester Police closed up to 46% of hate crime cases with no suspects identified. Young people want to know why has this happened and what provisions are being put in place. Can our panel shed some light?

  • Curriculum for life

Should Schools, Colleges and Sixth Forms be preparing young people for life, ensuring real skills are embedded within the curriculum? What would our panel think about teaching young people about taxes, finances and how to be a functioning adult?

  • Votes for 16s

In 2019 we held an election for students who do not have the right to vote (Under 18s). Over 230 students voted in the Mock General Election, with a result very different to the outcome of the national.

"At age 16, our young learners are vital members in their communities, where they know and care about local issues. 16 and 17 year olds are actively holding classroom conversations that support informed voting choices. By comparison, age 18 is a year of intense transitions for most young people, making it a challenging time to establish new voting habits. As a result, many young people currently do not begin voting until their late twenties." - College Student Council, 2019.

What would our panel have to say about this statement?

  • The Environment

Our World is burning around us and young climate activists are overwhelmed by the enormity of the crisis— but are they right to have no hope for the future? What would our panel say about young people across the globe skipping classes on a Friday to protest global warming, joining the likes of Extinction Rebellion?

Can't make the event?

Submit a question online and we'll ask the panel on your behalf: