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Use Your Voice 2016 – The Senior Section Spectacular


Use Your Voice 2016 is a unique and dynamic 2-day democracy festival for members of The Senior Section and is all about giving our young members different ways of making their voices heard in the broadest possible sense.

Use Your Voice 2016 will involve a diverse range of workshops, panel discussions, visits to places of interest, performances, comedy, talks, walks, poetry, ideas about activism, and more, all of which are designed to inspire our young members to use their voice to make an impact through campaigning within their community and beyond.  Participants will tailor their own unique programme according to your interests, skills and what you want to gain from this unique event based on suggested pathways – Inspire, Inform, Equip.

INSPIRE includes performances visits and talks from leading world-changers such as Amber Rudd, MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

INFORM will give you the chance to get up to date on today’s issues, and find out which campaigns need you! We’ll be talking climate change, mental health, and more, including peace activist Maya Evans, who will be talking about a campaign she works with called Fly Kites not Drones.

Lastly EQUIP will get you prepared and ready to start campaigning about issues that matter to you, from a workshop by the Parliamentary Outreach team on how best to lobby parliament to a blogging masterclass from Joanna Callendar, founder of the Doorstep Community Project.

You’ll be able to choose sessions from different pathways allowing you to tailor Use Your Voice to your interests. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, information or skills to help you get your voice heard, Use Your Voice has something for everyone and we hope to see you there!


When? Saturday 10- Sunday 11 September, 2016

Where? Events will be held across a series of amazing venues near London Waterloo, including The 1901 Arts Club, Chapter 1 and many more!

Take a look at our Use Your Voice 2016 map for more details.

Cost? £25.00

This cost includes attendance at a selection of workshops (you will choose them), talks, networking events and visits during Saturday and Sunday. It also includes a badge, a lanyard and an Oyster card holder in an event goodie bag.

Please note that transport to and from Central London, travel around London, food, drink and other merchandise such as clothing are not included in the price.

Speakers:  Confirmed speakers so far include Amber Rudd MP (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change), Maya Evans (creative campaigner for Voices For Creative Non-Violence UK), Nicola Grinstead (Chair, WAGGGS World Board), Elli Moody (Head of PR and Advocacy at Girlguiding), Arifa Nasim (Director and Co- Founder Educate2Eradicate). There will also be poetry, comedy, drama, craftivism and more. As we confirm more speakers we will announce them on our website and via Aqua News and email.

Saturday Night:

On the Saturday night, we will be holding an amazing, flagship event at London’s Living Room in the Greater London Authority building, the heart of London politics.  You can indicate if you would like to attend this on the booking form.  We will be releasing a second tranche of tickets at the Info Hub during Use Your Voice 2016.


Book your place on Use your Voice here! 

Make sure you read Girlguiding LaSER’s T&Cs for booking!

Make sure you check out our FAQs for Use Your Voice 2016!


We also have some extra exciting sleepover options including ICANDO and HMS Belfast. If you would like to volunteer to lead the overnight option we would love to hear from you:

Book your place on the Sleepover here!


Have a look at the News page for The Senior Section Spectacular which includes our Use Your Voice blogs and read Simi’s thoughts on giving girls a voice through Use Your Voice 2016!

Tweet @Guiding_LaSER using #UYV2016 to let everyone know you’re going!




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