Chapter 1 encourages young parents in the St Leonard's area to register to vote

10 APR 2015

With the general election just weeks away, housing charity Chapter 1 is taking a lead in encouraging young parents to register to vote.

They are holding a special event – Your Vote Matters - on Wednesday 15 April at Chapter 1 Turner House, a supported accommodation service for young mums.  

Chapter 1 Service Manager, Jean-Paul Dunin, explained: 'It's important for all young people to have a voice, and  especially for young parents to  have a say in their children's future. However, many have not been eligible to vote before, or have just not wanted to. They don't realise how important this is, and just how easy it is to register.

' At Chapter 1 we want to make sure they don't miss out. We're not just inviting our own residents but also young mums and homeless young people from around the area to come along. We'll have laptops on hand so they can register online, there and then.'

Louise, who lives at Chapter 1 Turner House with her 3-month old baby boy, said: 'I didn’t want to vote before because I couldn't be bothered. I didn't see the point. I have a son now and I'm concerned about the future, so I will be registering to vote and finding out about my choices.'

The registration event at Chapter 1 Turner House in St Leonard's is supported by Homeless Link, as part of a national campaign to encourage marginalised people register to vote. It's taking place from 11.00 until 15.00 on 15 April. Admission is free, everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be available.