My name is Lewis Nelson; I’m a Irlamite youth campaigner and youth representative who dedicates his spare time to campaigning and ensuring young people get the best possible deal within our Irlam and Cadishead neighbourhood.
Last year I represented the whole of Salford as the elected youth Member of Parliament (YMP), I attended a Parliament sitting as Salford’s MYP and regularly met with the heads of children’s services where I battled to guarantee that youth service provision wouldn’t be entirely lost, especially in Irlam and Cadishead as an isolated community (amongst other things).
I go to Irlam and Cadishead College and at the time of writing am the president of the College council, the elections are being held shortly. I’m a member of a range of community meetings, I sit as a member of the I&C Youth Forum on the Community Committee, attend Homewatch, am a Youth Forum member, and a Youth Councillor on Salford Youth Council, the youngest member of AAARD (Action Against Astley Road Development) and a number of other groups.
Around the last month things are getting exciting in Irlam and Cadishead, Becca Knowles (Youth Council), Denee Cassidy (Youth Worker) and I have planned and relaunched the Irlam and Cadishead (and for now) with Eccles Youth Forum. The Youth Forum gives all young people aged between 12 and 18 (up to 25 with learning difficulties) the platform to voice their opinion on issues within their local area and make change for the better. The launch went very well, thank you to everyone that attended especially our special guest and speaker Councillor Walsh.
Previously to the election on the 22nd of May the ICC College Council delivered three assemblies to fellow students about the importance of taking part in democracy, what government does and the EU and local elections, a big achievement for the council which hopes for similar assemblies to follow.
I’d like to thank the Irlam and Cadishead Times (with Rixton and Hollins Green) for giving me this opportunity to take Irlam and Cadishead on my journey in the form of this regular column.
Lastly I try to ensure I separate my party politics activities from what I do in the community yet the two from time to time do overlap and it is no secret I am a member of a political party, to put that out there. If you would like to get involved or contact me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org