British Youth Council Awards

TalkPolitics is delighted to announce that we have been rewarded three awards by the British Youth Council – ‘Innovation,’ ‘Youth-Led’ and ‘Project', as part of the 2018 Youth on Board Awards.

Co-founder and former Managing Director Matt Gillow, said:

“I couldn’t be happier – TalkPolitics is entirely run by young people who have seen these political issues and are committed to changing them. Since we set up in 2016 the team has gone from strength-to-strength, and we’re really proud to be recognised.”

Editor-in-Chief Guinevere Poncia – one of the first members of the organisation – expanded:

“It is wonderful to be recognised by the British Youth Council for our ongoing efforts to make politics more accessible to young people. TalkPolitics is testament to the great things young people can build together, and we look forward to continuing our work in future.”

TalkPolitics has recently undergone a change of leadership – with Henry Davies taking over as Managing Director and Will Fawcett coming into the executive team as Director of Operations. 

Henry commented:

"I am absolutely thrilled that the British Youth Council has recognised TalkPolitics for its outstanding work in furthering the interests of young people, with these three awards. Our fantastic team of volunteers work extremely hard to help everyone engage in the democratic processes in this country, and I’m very proud of everything we have achieved since our establishment. I look forward to the continued success of TalkPolitics"

And Will added:

"Brilliant news to hear! Since joining TalkPolitics over a year ago I’ve seen us go from strength to strength, and it is great to see how teams of young people can come together and make a difference. I am hugely excited to see what the future holds for us in my new role on the Director’s Board!"

The team have big plans for the coming year. As well as joining a coalition of academics and charities lobbying against the government’s implementation of voter ID laws, TalkPolitics is innovating policy to break down barriers to democracy – including working with Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens on the Automatic Voter Registration Bill. In further news, the organisation has recently opened up it’s Research Department, under co-founder Carl Sacklen, who said:

"This is fantastic news and I am incredibly proud of what TalkPolitics has become. Democracy is a luxury, and these awards are a testament to the whole team’s hard work to make that luxury more accessible to young people.”

TalkPolitics has become one of the fastest growing grassroots think-tanks in the country, committed to reshaping our democracy by enhancing free speech and debate, taking down barriers to participation such as education, and improving links to policy-makers. 

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