For the 4th Year, Patchwork took a group of young people (18 – 30 years old) to Conference as part of our Party Conference Programme. The programme provides delegates with a bespoke experience of conference, including; free tickets to conference, Masterclass sessions with senior Party officials and special preparation and information to provide the best experience possible and make politics accessible to all.
Conference can be a daunting prospect with thousands of people in one space, including; of Party members, politicians, journalists and external organisations. Patchwork uses conferences as an opportunity to bring down barriers for young people from deprived communities and teaches them how they can be involved and active members of our democracy.
At Conservative Party Conference 2017, the delegation had a masterclass with Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Rt Hon David Lidington MP and Jo Churchill MP. Following the leader’s speech, on the final day, Patchworkers were lucky enough to meet the Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP.
See what Masterclass tutors had to say after their sessions with Patchworkers at conference: