Apply to take part in MP's exciting summer school

Date published: 28 March 2018

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Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams has started the search for young people, aged 16-24 years old, to take part in her fifth annual 'Working for Your Community' summer school. 

Abrahams said: “I am often asked if I can give young people some experience of an MP’s office, but unfortunately I can’t accommodate them all.  

“So, to try and give as many young people from Oldham as possible community placements experience I will be running my fifth annual Oldham ‘working for your community’ summer school for 16-24 year olds.

“My aim is to give participants the chance to develop community action skills and experience by working on various projects in Oldham.

"Participants will also develop key skills for potential future involvement in politics and community based work.”

The selected group of young people will be based in Oldham and must be available for every weekday for the duration of the two week scheme from July 9, 2018 until July 20. 

Participants will spend the first week developing knowledge and understanding of community development work, campaigning skills and tools, and will work on a community project in the second week.

Sessions will be delivered by various experts and leaders in community development, campaigning, communications, and politics.

The second week will be spent working with Oldham-based community organisations and charities.

On Tuesday, July 10, there will be a visit to Parliament where the group will have a tour of Parliament and meet various politicians, researchers and advisors.

Abrahams added: “What I love about the summer school is seeing how much the young people develop and grow in confidence and knowledge in such a short time.

“If you’re interested in getting some great experience in community based skills and making new friends and contacts around Oldham this is the summer school for you!”

To register your interest in the summer school, send a letter of application with a curriculum vitae by email to

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on June 10, 2018.

Mohammed recalls his invaluable experience on last year's summer school.

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