Working for Your Community’ Summer School – Applications open for 2017

Summer School 2016

As an MP I am often asked for community placements and internships and unfortunately cannot accommodate them all.  To try and give as many young people from Oldham as possible community placements experience, from 17th – 28th July this year, I will be running my fourth annual Oldham ‘working for your community’ summer school for 18-24 year olds.

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 17th July 2017 until 28th July 2017. They will spend the first week developing knowledge and understanding of community development, campaigning skills and tools, and a community project to work on in week 2. Sessions will be delivered by various experts and leaders in community development, campaigning, communications, and politics.

Week 2 will be spent working with Oldham-based community organisations and charities. On the last day participants will graduate!

On Tuesday 18th July there will be a visit to Parliament where the group will have a tour of Parliament and meet various politicians, researchers and advisors.

To register your interest in the Summer School, send a letter of application with a curriculum vitae by email to

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 30th June 2017. A person specification can be found here. All candidates must be aged 18-24 years.

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

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