Event Details




16 April 2024 The event will be repated live three times 8.30 ( for an 8.40am start). 11am ( for an 11.10am start ) and 2pm ( for a 2.10pnm start) pick the event timing that works best for your school.


Ticket: Free

About the Event



About this event

  • 30 minutes

Join this speical online event with your Key Stage 5, college and sixth-form students where we will be helping first-time voters register to vote so that they can take part in this year’s General Election.

We will explore why voting matters, why young people’s voices are so desperately needed in our political life and how they can make a difference on issues they really care about.

There will be inspiring stories, energetic and enthusiastic guests, and a live registration opportunity.

You will also be able to access a step-by-step guide to supporting students through the process.

This is a non-partisan event which focusses on the important of voting and taking part in the democratic process.

Representatives of the Electoral Commission have been consulted in the planning of this event.

The event will be repated live three times 8.30 ( for an 8.40am start). 11am ( for an 11.10am start ) and 2pm ( for a 2.10pnm start) pick the event timing that works best for your school.

Sharon Gaffka

Sharon is widely recognised for her impactful TV appearances, where she advocates for women and girls. As a committed campaigner for the eradication of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), she targets critical issues such as spiking and online safety. Her advocacy extended to campaigning for government measures on spiking, resulting in new regulations introduced in December 2023. She also pioneered a collaboration with a UK police force on VAWG, on the importance of proactive policing and victim support. She is a prominent ambassador for the domestic violence organisation Refuge, where she champions online safety initiatives. Her distinguished career includes over six years of service as a civil servant in central government, working on justice, health, and the environment.

Laura Young

Laura is an award-winning climate activist, environmental scientist, and ethical influencer, Laura Young recently received the honour of the Scottish Influencer of the Year – Inspiration award for her work on social media platforms. Laura started, and continues to lead, the campaign to see single-use disposable vapes banned across Scotland and the UK. This work has been nominated for a Holyrood Climate Action award, and has led the UK Government to launch a consultation on the issue. You can find out more about this campaign here.

Mete Coban

Mete is Chief Executive of My Life My Say, and is best known for contributing to the increase of turnout for young people at the 2017 and 2019 UK General Elections. As the youngest-ever elected Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney, he is currently serving the administration as the Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm. Previously, he worked on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s election campaign, leading on youth engagement. Mete holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Practice. In the New Years 2020 honours list, Mete received an MBE for services to young people recognising his efforts to make politics more accessible for the younger generation. He also received the UK Government’s National Democracy Change-Maker of the Year Award in 2018. Mete has been shortlisted for One Young World Politician of the Year 2019, which celebrates the most impressive, impactful young politicians around the world.

Dr Krish Kandiah

Krish is a broadcaster, author, inspirational speaker, innovation consultant and the founder of Sanctuary Foundation, a charity promoting the support of refugees. He is recognised as an expert in refugee resettlement, child welfare reform, educational innovation and civil society mobilisation. He has led the charge on mobilising civil society groups and churches as they have supported recent arrivals from Hong Kong, Afghanistan, and Ukraine. He is a regular advisor to government, having previously served as the Chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board for the Department for Education. He has helped to inspire and train thousands to care for vulnerable adults and children.