Support vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds in your area to get the help they need now, and in the future 

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This year's Seriously Awkward campaign focuses on 16 and 17 year olds, who have been categorised as a 'child in need' by their Local Authority, but still get limited support.

What you can do

  1. You can sign our letter to the children’s minister, urging him to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds are properly supported into adulthood.
  2. You can meet with your MP to ask them to support this campaign. We have a briefing specifically to help you with this.
  3. You can also run a stall at a local event, or share our petition and ask your friends and family to sign up in support. We have posters, t-shirts, postcards, petition sheets and badges ready to helpyou spread the word – email us if you would like to order some!

How can you use people power?

Showing decision makers that lots of people in community care about an issue is a great way to amplify your message. The more people that are in favour of the change, the more that you MP will take notice of the campaign.

Talk to people in your community and explain why you care about this issue, and ask them to sign your petition. Friends, family, and work colleagues are a good place to start. When you have gathered signatures, let us know and we’ll add them to our growing list of people who care about this.

Tell people about the campaign by running a stall at your local church, or at a community group or event.

We can provide you with copies of the ‘Crumbling Futures’ report as well as postcards, posters and leaflets.

  • You could also contact local youth groups, or reach out to local schools and colleges to provide them with materials and find out what 16 and 17 year olds think about the campaign.
  • You could write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper(s), and outline the issues that this group face in the letter. Don’t forget to include a link to the campaign so people can sign up.
  • Be creative – if you have other ideas for how to talk about this campaign in a visual or artistic way – then don’t be afraid to use them!

And remember, we’re here to support you.

A combination of these tactics will show your MP how important the issue is to local people. Read our People Power briefing for more information.

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