Debbie Abrahams MP and Mayor Andy Burnham
Debbie Abrahams MP and Mayor Andy Burnham

Apply to take part in the 6th year of the popular two-week programme, including a free trip to Parliament!

I have opened applications for my sixth annual Working for your community summer school – for 16-24 year olds, which will take place between 8th-19th July 2019.

As an MP I often receive requests for some experience of an MP’s office but unfortunately cannot accommodate them all.

So, to try and give as many young people from Oldham as possible community placements experience, I am opening applications for my sixth Working for your community summer school.

The aim of the summer school is for participants to develop community action skills and experience by working on various community projects in Oldham.

Participants will develop key skills for both 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 scheme from 8th July 2019 until 19th July 2019.

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

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

Previous speakers at the summer school have included Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Oldham Council Leader Sean Fielding, Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield, John Abrahams, Angela Rayner MP, Andrew Gwynne MP, Stella Creasy MP, Marshe De Cordova MP, Mike Kane MP and many, many others.

Week two will be spent working with Oldham and Saddleworth-based community organisations and charities. And on the last day participants will graduate!

On Tuesday 9th July, there will be a visit to Parliament where the group will have a tour of Parliament and meet various politicians, researchers and advisors.

Former summer school participant Tahmina who, at the time was looking forward to starting her degree in Rehabilitation Studies, said:

“I benefited a lot from this course and I got to explore what politicians do for us regarding the local community.

It’s not just about meetings in Parliament, it’s also about getting involved with local and small agencies which help the rest of the community.”

How to apply:

To register your interest in the summer school, send a letter of application with a curriculum vitae by email to – (let us know in the CV if you own a rail-card and give us the details).

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 10th June. 

You can read what past participants had to say about previous schools and view photographs here.

A person specification can be found here.

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