The ParliaMentors scheme is a fantastically exciting project run by Three Faiths Forum (3FF) which enables university students to create social change in the communities they live in through providing the students with access to networks, politicians and knowledge. CEYC was lucky enough to be invited to join them in celebrating the 10th Birthday of the scheme!
We were invited to join the 3FF team at Portcullis House for the launch. It all felt very daunting as I lined up at the door ready to go through full airport security! And once I found the room at the end of the corridor with lots of hidden doors I found I was almost the first arrival, I’d taken the warning about potentially having long queues to get into the building a little too literally and arrived super early.
The launch had a chance to chat and network before three talks from some fantastic speakers, it was great to hear from Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth about his experiences working with past mentees on the scheme and to hear from Neil Jameson about the importance of community coherence in his work as Executive Director of Citizens UK. I enjoyed listening most to the Rev. Sally Hitchiner who talked about her journey to becoming an ordained Chaplain and the challenges of sexuality in the church.
It was great to have the opportunity to network with all the guests at the event, especially to begin building links with similar National Youth Organisations in other faiths and denominations. I hope that CEYC might be able to build links with some of these people and become involved in interfaith dialogue in the future!
If you’re interested in politics and want to make a real change in your community at university why not check out the ParliaMentors scheme (http://www.3ff.org.uk/parliamentors ) and see what difference you could make.
Bethan is the CEYC Intern. When she’s not at work she fills her time with Scouting, exploring mountains and beaches, and baking. She is passionate about facillitating young people to fulfil their potential and setting an example, be that in Scouting, in Church or in the wider world. You can follow her on her sporadically active twitter account @betherthanu .