Get Your Vote!

Get Your Vote!

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Local elections are happening across England on 4 May and you now need photo ID if you want to vote.

This is important so make sure you can cast your ballot!

You Now Need Photo ID to Vote

The government has introduced a new measure where you now have to show an accepted form of photo ID to vote. This new measure aims to protect our security.
Some of the accepted forms you can use when going to the polling station include:

  • Passport (valid or expired are accepted).
  • Driving License (including provisional license).
  • Blue Disability Badge.

Your form of ID must be the original and not a copy, and without a valid form of ID you won’t be able to cast a ballot. You should also take your polling card with you although this isn’t a requirement.

Find more accepted forms of ID and apply for a free voter ID via: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate

Registering to Vote

If you have not registered to vote before, or have recently moved, you must register to vote by 17 April in order to be able to vote in elections.

Go to Register to vote – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) to find out more and register to vote.

What can I expect?

Going to vote can be scary – especially if this is your first-time voting. It can seem like a daunting experience, but if you’re unsure or need assistance, the staff at the polling station are there to help.

  1. When you arrive at your local polling station, members of staff will be on hand to guide you to where you need to go.
  2. In order for you to able to vote, a member of staff will need to verify your name and address to identify you on the electoral register.
  3. Once they’ve found your name on the register, they will then ask to see your photo ID to verify that it’s you that’s voting.
  4. If you have an accepted form of ID, then you will be given the ballot paper to fill out in a booth, which you can then put into the box.

If you have any questions, come see us at the Hub.

Stress Awareness Month

We all know that life in general can be pretty stressful, and finding a job, planning your career, or thinking about your future can add to that immensely. Everyone’s type of stress is different and personal to them too, what triggers mine will be different to yours and the same things that make me anxious might not affect you, but whatever makes you stressed or anxious, don’t worry (easier said than done!)…because there ARE things that can help, and at Careers Worcs we can help you too.

This month, Stress Awareness Month, allows us to encourage everyone to talk and be open about our stress, in order to end the stigma and to raise awareness for the causes and cures of it. The campaign #choosehope has been chosen for this stress awareness month to identity that hope isn’t just a feeling, it inspires us to take action.

You can join me in doing the “30 Day Challenge for Stress Awareness Month” where you pick one action each day to help your Physical, Mental and Emotional Well-being. It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, so this challenge will maximise our chances of turning simple techniques into positive changes within your life. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Looking for ideas on actions you can take to help your stress? 

Here are some top tips that I’ve found, that I wanted to share with you too.

  •  Talk about stress and its effects on you with friends, family members, colleagues or anyone you feel comfortable with.
  •  Share your own coping mechanisms with others.
  •  Look after yourself by taking time out of your day to relax or do something you enjoy.

You can also come on down to visit us at The Hub in The Hive where you can talk about your future with one of our careers advisors, and can help with any stress you’re feeling towards it. We also have health and well-being officers that can support you with managing stress and feeling better.

From my own experience, I know it can be really stressful to figure out your next steps in life. I struggled to decide whether to go to University or straight into employment after finishing Sixth Form and felt the stress of making the right choice. I wish I could’ve had some careers support at a Hub like this, which is why I feel strongly about encouraging others to come along to receive all the support that’s on offer to you in so many different ways!

– Alyssa