Future Voices

Welcome to the Future Voices section of the EDP website. Working with Norfolk County Council, we want to give young people in Norfolk a voice so they can tell us about their lives, their thoughts, and their future. All the articles are written by young people in Norfolk aged 13 to 18.

If you want to contribute articles, ideas or photos to Future Voices, please email, or send us a tweet to @EDP24 using #FutureVoices.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Future Voices Aaron Cahill, Charlotte Wilson, Joe Hamilton, Taylor Ball, Emily Oxbury and Laura Wright. Photo : Steve Adams

We’re looking for a new editorial team of young people to plan, write and edit articles about their lives, views and growing up in Norfolk.

Paralympian Jessica-Jane Applegate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

September 2, 2012. The London crowd goes wild as Britain’s young talent Jessica-Jane Applegate wins gold in the S14 200m freestyle at the Paralympic games.

Future Voices: EDP reporter Gavin Caney and Future Voices writer Emily Oxbury

When I arrived at the Adrian Flux Arena to shadow EDP Sports journalist Gavin Caney, it became evident that preparation is a key part of any reporter’s job.

Future Voices: What can we learn from dogs?

Whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, there is one thing that is universally acknowledged. Dogs are always ecstatically happy (or at least look happy).

Future Voices: Holme-next-the-Sea is one of many places in Norfolk to visit this summer

Don’t have the holiday budget of Kim Kardashian? Norfolk holds five holiday spots to explore without breaking the bank.

Future Voices: Emily spent a week without using her mobile phone.

Would anyone send me any birthday messages? What celeb gossip would I miss out on? What are thumbs actually useful for, except texting?

Future Voices: The different sides in the referendum debate are making their cases. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

With the EU referendum taking place on June 23, we asked two young people to outline opposing views on UK’s relationship with the EU. Here, Joe Hamilton puts forward the case for voting to leave the EU.

File photo dated 27/11/2015 of the Union flag fluttering next to the EU flag. Picture: Toby Melville/PA Wire

With the EU referendum taking place on June 23, we asked two young people to outline opposing views on UK’s relationship with the EU. Here, Charlotte Wilson puts forward the case for voting to remain in the EU.

Winning goalscorer Martin Olsson of Norwich celebrates victory with Andre Wisdom of Norwich as Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United looks away dejected at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 02/04/2016

A month ago it looked all doom and gloom for Canaries fans. After nine games without a win, relegation was staring them right in the face, seemingly dragging them back down to the darkest depths of the Championship.

Future Voices: An example of a healthy snack

How much chocolate have you eaten over Easter? A couple of eggs? A few more than a couple of eggs? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Future Voices: Emily Oxbury, centre, on the steps of 10 Downing Street

In 1916 Girlguiding members were busy contributing to the War effort, but today, in 2016, it’s a very different story.

Future Voices: Joe has some tips for people itching to start driving

At long last the wait is over! My 17th birthday has arrived and I can finally drive a car on the roads (legally).

Future Voices: Have you walked to Hunstanton cliffs? Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk is famed for the Broads, but some of the county’s most interesting beauty spots can be found in the west. Here are five walks to do in West Norfolk which will reveal the true beauty of the entire county.

Future Voices:

In 2016 you would expect men and women to be equal, yet there are still massive gender stereotypes and issues of equality in society.

Future Voices: Some tips for people preparing for their exams. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Like many 16 year olds across the country I am currently participating in the final year of high school, 11 years of education being compressed into an hour or so of writing...

Future Voices: Lisa Kierman made a Leap Year marriage proposal to Kevin Frost, in Haart estate agents in Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The chances of being born on a leap day are one in 1,461.

Are pupils being put under too much pressure?

It is strange how much GCSEs have changed in just a few years.

Where will the next David Bowie come from? Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sadly, in recent news we have seen a few British treasures pass away; shaping the music, radio and movie industry we enjoy today.

Future Voices: Are you feeling the love?

When did a bottle of bleach, or a screwdriver, become a gift of love?

Cross country action from the Norfolk School Games at Gresham's School in Holt.   Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Physical education: some love it, some hate it. However, we can all agree on the fact the cold weather, rain and wind doesn’t always make running particularly appealing.

The Future You app is free to download.

In East Anglia, quite often we can seem so cut off from the rest of the world. Many of us young people can’t wait to go out and explore the bigger world when we’re older.

Leonardo DiCaprio attending the EE British Academy Film Awards, where he won an award for The Revenant. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The 2016 Oscar nominations are, on the whole, stunningly predictable.

Norwich has a host of exciting music venues.

People are quick to find fault with Norfolk. The word “boring” seems to be commonly used and people often add that there is “nothing happening”. But where music is concerned, this could not be further from the truth.

Are you too old for Christmas?

Recently I have come to the conclusion that Christmas isn’t the same as it used to be. The reason for this was due to this thing called ‘growing up’.

New Year's resolutions.

So, it’s the start of a new year, time to turn a new leaf, and you’ve made your decision to change (for a couple of days, at least). How do you plan on keeping your resolutions?

The world of journalism has been changing fast.

12,000,000 papers are sold every day. But when the news is available at the click of a button, why is the newspaper still alive?

Euro 2016 is one of the great sporting highlights of this year. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

2016 promises to be a big year for the sporting world.

Will you make your own Christmas presents this year?

We all know that awkward moment when you realise that there’s only one week until Christmas and you still haven’t found the perfect gift. Finding amazing presents for your friends and family isn’t as easy as it sounds. Ever thought about making the gifts yourself?

The Open Christmas Dinner at St Andrews Hall could not happen without dozens of volunteers. Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Christmas, a time for rejoice, celebration and plenty of festivities. Children’s Christmas lists falling all the way to the floor, hoping that they have been a good girl or boy for Santa.

The John Lewis Christmas advert is one of the 12 signs of Christmas.

December 25 is drawing ever closer, and every day ‘it’s beginning to look a lot (more) like Christmas’. How many of my 12 signs of Christmas have you spotted?

Members of the band Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes, right, and Julian Dorio pay their respects to 89 victims who died in a Nov. 13 attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Members of the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal are back at the ravaged Paris theater where they survived a massacre by Islamic extremist suicide bombers. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Christmas should be a time without worry, without fear. Nearly 100 years have passed since the First World War ended, yet global peace is still far from reality. Devastating terrorist attacks continue to take place and leave me wondering: what is the future for my generation?

Dentist Raid Ali, center right, and his colleague Aliyo Rashid Taylor, center left, treat migrants with toothache inside Frances biggest refugee camp near Calais, northern France.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

This year, the refugee crisis has become increasingly significant, with hundreds of thousands of refugees landing in Europe.

George the Dragon outside Archant, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

As we prepare to welcome 2016, our Future Voices team look back at what made 2015 such a great year for them.

Miles, left, teaching older people to use technology at the 'IT made simple' project

I am an ambassador for youth social action, and you can be too. I’ve been working with other young people and Norfolk County Council to come-up with a plan for getting more young people volunteering, fundraising and campaigning on issues that matter to them. We need your help.

Norwich Foodbank has opened a stall on Norwich market - one of the many ways people find to volunteer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Fewer young people in the East of England regularly volunteer their time, fundraise for charity or campaign on issues they care about than in other parts of the country. We want to change this. We have written a series of articles to help more young people learn about the benefits of helping others.

Young people enjoying a GVI UK opportunity

There are plenty of opportunities for young people in Norfolk to give back to their local community and gain vital experience for later in life. If you’re looking to fill your spare time, get ahead when it comes to getting a job, or extra experience for your university application, why not give volunteering 
a go?

Young people enjoying a GVI UK volunteering adventure abroad.

Voluntary work is something that a lot of us think about. I’m here to help put to bed some of the myths and rumours that stop people from giving it a go.

Aaron Cahill took part in the National Citizen Service scheme. Photo : Steve Adams

ou could do something life-changing in your holidays. You’ll meet new people, try new things and make a difference in your local community. This is the National Citizen Service.

Wymondham College students dressing as their childhood heroes for Children in Need.

Whether it’s doing a sponsored run or holding a Macmillan coffee morning with your mum, wearing a Pudsey shirt all day or having a bake sale in your gate way – there are plenty of ways to start fundraising for charities that need your help. So what’s stopping you?

Young people can lobby their MP about issues they care about. Photo: PA Wire

There are many political pathways young people can choose to tell the government about our hopes, desires and the changes to youth services we want. I encourage young people to try out some of these.

Emily's chocolate cupcakes.

Everybody loves cakes! Taking part in a bake sale at school or college can be a great way to raise money for charity. I have created a super easy triple chocolate cupcake recipe which is perfect to sell at your bake sale! This recipe makes around nine cakes.

Lean Machines

It’s a break-through industry on everyone’s lips: YouTubers, or otherwise known as vloggers.

Students might like the money they earn from part-time work, but is it really worth it?

I’m currently looking for a part-time job to do alongside studying for my A-levels. But should I worry about what effect it will have on my grades? Will it be worth it in the end? Is it even possible?

It might be rainy, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun.

Now that September is upon us and the summer is well and truly drawing to an end, we find ourselves with a barren expanse of wet autumnal days and dreary winter weeks stretching ahead of us.

Paper Towns has finally been released.

Teens across the country have been anticipating the release of the new movie Paper Towns, and it’s finally here.

It is the time of year when students are moving on to places like the UEA. Photo: Mike Page.

It’s come to that time of year again where many of us start to take a new pathway in our lives.

What effect does reality TV have on people?

The next generation are being raised in a society full of fake ideals portrayed to them via the media. The television is one of the main sources of these problematic portrayals.

Perfect Mistakes playing at the Waterfront. Photo by Beth Ashby

We all see on TV the queues of wannabes lining up for the X Factor and The Voice. But I’m here to tell you about the incredible talent we have right here in Norfolk.

Future Voices: social network. Photo: Chris Potter

“Back in my day” or “when I was a lad” seem to be phrases aimed at my generation, more often than not in criticism of our alleged lazy, layabout behaviour.

Future Voices: High Altitude trampoline park in Norwich. Photo: Beth Ashby

Are you tired of the same boring summer activities? Well I have the solution: fun way to hang out with family and friends while getting a dosage of excitement.

Alfie Hewett of Great Britain on day one of British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Nottingham in July 2015. Picture: Tennis Foundation

There’s no doubt a social sport such as tennis is a great way of bringing people together to keep fit and healthy, so what’s stopping you from getting out there and hitting a ball around with a group of friends?

Thorpe St Andrew School's girls football team, with coach Alistair Shearer.

A group of Norwich schoolgirls have been reflecting on their part in an amazing summer for women’s football.

Future Voices: Learning language, Photo: Beth Ashby

Whether we’re spending them at home or abroad, the summer holidays remind us of the importance of learning a language.

Students sitting an exam. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Most young people nowadays are encouraged to have an aim or goal for the future - but what happens if your first choice falls through?

Future Voices: Student maintenence grant. Photo: Beth Ashby

The government says that abolishing the students maintenance grant will save billions of pounds, but what do the potential university students of tomorrow think?

Future Voices: Norwich City Football Club. Photo: Beth Ashby

After a brief one-year sabbatical away from England’s highest tier, Norwich City FC are back in the big time, gearing up for their return to the Premier League, but what can we expect for this season?

Future Voices: Would changing the hours of the school day improve grades?

Teenagers have long been associated with sleeping in, sleeping longer and being lazier than everyone else.

Future Voices: A sign of things to come? Android robot 'Aiko Chihira' is watched by information clerk Mio Sakai, right, at Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Technology has moved faster than ever before, developing and improving in an attempt to fulfil society’s needs.

Future Voices: You'd better be dressed for success if you want to secure that summer job.

Summer is upon us: the time of year when your parents or teachers suggest that maybe it’s time that you found a summer job.

Future Voices: Wells is one of the top places to visit in Norfolk this summer. Picture: Ian Burt

The long awaited summer holidays are almost upon us and will be here before we know it, but have you decided how you are going to spend it?

Future Voices: Has Twitter changed the way we communicate for the worse?

This world should be a happy place for everyone. Today I’m asking you to think about how you behave and act around other young people. Do you treat others how you want them to treat you?

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