YOUNG people in Wiltshire are being encouraged to do their bit to bring about social change by standing for the Youth Parliament elections.

Representatives debate the big issues of the day, especially the ones that most concern them.

Issues like votes at 16, knife crime and the effects of Brexit are all expected to have an impact on young people in the county and Wiltshire Council says the parliament provides an opportunity for them to make their voices heard.

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for children said: “We place great importance on the views of young people and I would encourage all 11-18 year olds with a passion to make a difference in Wiltshire, to apply.”

The UK Youth Parliament offers 11-18 year olds the opportunity to make a difference in their area, by representing young people and making their voices heard.

Wiltshire has three seats in the parliament - north, east and west.

The youngsters will be standing for election in the area where they go to school.

The deadline for applications is Monday 26 November.

For more information or to apply, visit, email or call 07342 064355.