FIVE teenagers say they have what it takes to give young people a voice in Warrington.
In the upcoming UK Youth Parliament elections, five candidates from across the town will stand in a bid to become the next member for Warrington.
If elected, Rachel Davies, aged 15, from Woolston, plans to address the negative view of young people and would like to see more teen-only activities.
While Tim Hammersley, aged 16, from Lymm, would fight to protect bus routes in the town, improve relationships with the police and the quality of youth services.
Seventeen-year-old Michael Moran, from Orford, wants to put Warrington on the map by providing more opportunities for local talent.
He will also campaign to protect the youth services and challenge the stigma against young people.
Thomas Scott, aged 16, from Kingswood, believes there needs to be more information about substance misuse for young people and wants to improve the curriculum so that it better prepares pupils for life.
While Rose Warburton, aged 15, of Winwick Road, would campaign for young people to be better educated in mental health as well as addressing stereotypes, bullying and unemployment issues.
The current UKYP member for Warrington South Steven Atkins, from Penketh, who will step down from his role after two years, described his time in Youth Parliament as ‘incredible’.
The 16-year-old said: “It has been an amazing experience to work for and with the young people and to make a difference to Warrington.”
The UKYP elections will take place from June 2 to June 5 and all young people aged 11 to 18 can vote at schools and colleges in the town.
For those who do not attend full time education, Warrington Youth Cafe and Orford Youth Base will be official polling stations.
The results will be announced on Friday, June 6, in the Town Hall.