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Our blog is a place where young people can speak out on the issues that matter to them.

We’re interested in articles on pretty much anything, whether you want to speak out and raise awareness of an important issue or if you want to cover a local event – we want to hear from you! There’s no minimum commitment and one off contributors are just as welcome as those who want to write regularly. We like creativity so if you’d prefer to post video or images we’re open to that too.

If you’re aged 11 – 25 and have something you want to say, email info@nutmegcommunity.org with blog contributors as the subject to register your interest.

We are currently looking for contributors to our Young People and Politics blog series, click here for submission guidelines: http://www.nutmegcommunity.org/LondonElectsBlogCall

Boy oh boy! Lockdown, where do I start? Once I heard we were going on lockdown I nearly had a heart attack! Never in a millions years, did I think it will get to this. My social life had completely gone out the window! .

On March 23rd, the UK went into lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this period, I’ve learnt that input = output. Once, one puts their efforts into a certain project, they will gain an output, but this will only be successful if you work smartly as much as you work hard.

When I first heard that lockdown was going to be enforced, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me to upgrade myself, expand my skill set and knowledge.

If asked how my quarantine was going to go the day Boris Johnson said schools would be closed and the whole country would be on lockdown, you would have seen a boy: confused, nervous, sceptical, anxious and a whole lot of worried feelings. But if you asked me the question now, you’ll see a boy: happy, joyful, excited and relaxed. Lockdown has had different effects on people; some would say they enjoyed lockdown, while others would say it’s been a tough time.

It was a fine spring morning. As usual, lessons began, and before I knew it, it was lunchtime. Near the end of our lunch break, the Deputy assistant called me and asked if I had a recent dry cough. My response was, "Yes Miss, it started yesterday." And with that she took me to the medical room.

During this quarantine, I have found that doing school from home has been one of the hardest challenges because sometimes it may be hard to find motivation to do it. However, distance learning has made me more independent and more disciplined. School work has been something that has occupied some of my time and even though it has been difficult at times, I’ve found the flexibility of studying at home more convenient for me.

Lockdown! Once it was announced, I felt as if my social life had completely shattered. It was as if I was blocked from the outside world, my friends and my extended family. The only way to communicate “face to face” was through a phone or computer screen. It wasn’t that bad, the only problem was that every second the call froze and not a single word could be heard or movement seen.

Meron is a first-year A-level student studying Maths, Biology and Psychology at a College in North West London.

Meron is young achiever from North West London who is currently doing A-levels. Here are Meron's thoughts on education, inspiration and career choices.

Raphael is a Community Reporters volunteer who is very passionate about the sciences. He is currently a student at university pursing his dreams.

Community involvement is SO crucial.

Ann-Marie is an 18 year old Political Science and International Relations student. She has a YouTube channel called SpeakOut Generation where her and the co-founder highlight social and political issues in the life of the youth today. She hopes to go on to inspire the up coming generation to do more and to be more.

Almira is a 21 year old, final year Law student. She enjoys yoga, meditation and writing. She reports on real issues affecting society and feels strongly that everyone should use their vote. Read her reasons here:

Thank you to all of those who have contributed to the Young People and Politics blog series! So far the blog has been a huge success! The articles we have posted have been supported by national campaigns such as the #IWill Campaign and the Votes At 16 Campaign through social media, and we have been reaching high numbers of twitter impressions on tweets promoting posts, some even reaching over 1700 users! We just have one final round of submissions surrounding the EU referendum, read on for full details:

Jenny, 18, is an English and History student. Aside from studying she spends her time volunteering in the health sector and writing about the issues she cares about including, politics, feminism and mental health. Read her argument below on why 16 year olds should be able to vote.

This blog has been written by Milli Mathews, 24, as part of our Young People and Politics series. Milli is a frequent blogger for Nutmeg and gets to the heart of the issues young people today face. Read her latest blog on the London Mayor election below:

We have collaborated with Barnet Youth Board to create a series of four blogs, getting youth opinion on a range of political issues. The opinions below are from young people aged 11 – 18 who are politically active as members of the Youth Board. This is the last in the series on the topic of the youth vote.

We have collaborated with Barnet Youth Board to create a series of four blogs, getting youth opinion on a range of political issues. The opinions below are from young people aged 11 – 18, who are politically active as members of the Youth Board. This is the third in the series on the topic of the youth vote.

We have collaborated with Barnet Youth Board to create a series of 4 blogs, getting youth opinion on a range of political issues. The opinions below are from young people aged 11 – 18, who are politically active as members of the Youth Board. This is the second in the series on the topic of the youth vote.

We have collaborated with Barnet Youth Board to create a series of 4 blogs, getting youth opinion on a range of political issues. The opinions below are from young people aged 11 – 18 who are politically active as members of the Youth Board. This is the first in the series on the topic of the youth vote.

Rebecca Clark is a Nutmeg Volunteer with a keen interest in politics. At 16, Rebecca cannot vote in the upcoming mayoral election. However she believes the youth vote is key and is speaking out here to inspire her older peers to use their vote, read her convincing argument below:

Milli is 24, a languages graduate interested in politics, the local community, and all things food.

We are welcoming our second round of submissions from young writers and vloggers as part of our young people and politics series. Entries accepted from young people aged 14-25.

Memuna, 16, is an A Level student at Woodhouse College. She is interested in politics and activism. She's become frustrated with the EU debate, read her reasons here:

Bez is an 18 year old A Level Student, who enjoys running and sports. He is passionate about politics and philosophy and believes it's important that the younger generation use their vote. Read his reasons here:

Rebecca Clark is a Nutmeg Volunteer with a keen interest in politics. She is age 16 and wishes she could have her say in the upcoming elections, read her reasons for giving 16 year olds the vote below:

Almira is a 21 year old, final year, law student She enjoys yoga. meditation and writing. She reports on real issues affecting society, she feels strongly that everyone should use their vote, read her reasons here.

This blog has been written by Milli Mathews, 24, as part of our Young People and Politics series. To find out more about, of how to submit your own blog, click here.

We are welcoming our first round of submissions from young writers and vloggers as part of our young people and politics series.

Jenna White is an A Level Student and aspiring musician. Read about her experiences here:

Hi, I'm Elena Cooper and I'm a student currently studying at Woodhouse College. I'm 16 years old and am interested in journalism as a media outlet.

Aimee Edwards is currently studying for her A Levels and is going to university this September. She's interested in media and the arts, and enjoys writing about the issues that matter to her.

Jenna White is an A Level Student and aspiring musician. Read about her experiences here:

Aidas Zvirblis is 17 and studying for his A Levels. "I enjoy reading and watching films, I study English Literature, Maths, Politics and Sociology but my interests cover essentially anything that catches my eye. Don't know what I want to be in the future, as long as it interests me, much like all teenagers, despite what they'll tell you".

Milli is 24, a languages graduate interested in politics, the local community, and all things food.

Milli is 24, a languages graduate interested in politics, the local community, and all things food.

Jagger is a committed community reporter for Nutmeg, he's also a keen basketball player and is looking to promote the sport in the area.

Aidas Zvirblis is 17 and studying for his A Levels " I enjoy reading and watching films, I study English Literature, Maths, Politics and Sociology but my interests cover essentially anything that catches my eye. Don't know what I want to be in the future, as long as it interests me, much like all teenagers, despite what they'll tell you."

Jenna White is an A Level Student and aspiring musician. Read about her experiences here:

Fatmas is an ALevel student looking to go into Law or Anthropology. She enjoys writing about politics, economics, wider society, as well as art, music and fashion for fun.

This article about exam stress was submitted anonymously by an A Level student who's been there! If you can relate to this experience and want to share your story please get in touch with us.

Inayah is aged 16 and studying for her A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths. She writes about current affairs that she is interested in, in relation to the local community.

Inayah is aged 16 and studying for her A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths. She writes about current affairs that she is interested in, in relation to the local community.

Inayah is aged 16 and studying for her A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths. She writes about current affairs that she is interested in, in relation to the local community.

Talia got involved with Nutmeg as a Youth Action Team member while studying for her A Levels in Edgware. When choosing which university she wanted to go to she made a big decision to move to a new city, far away from home. Read about her experiences here:

2015 has been an amazing year for Nutmeg. We've worked with some incredible volunteers, worked with partners to delivery community events and had a lot of fun on the way! Our volunteers have worked tirelessly and we're very proud of the real, positive impact they have had. We couldn't resist putting together this video the celebrate the year..bring on 2016!!

Over summer we were lucky enough to work with NCS and The Challenge volunteers. The volunteers took part in a campaign day with us as the Broadwalk shopping centre in Edgware, they assisted us with promoting our volunteering opportunities and with community consultation. They interviewed members of the public and each other to gain a better understanding of what perceptions of young people are in the local community. This video is the result:

Eliana Sebastian's entry to the Nutmeg Young Journalist Competition, sponsored by Hendon Rotary Club, impressed our panel so much she was awarded first place in the 11-15 category. The announcement was made at the Nutmeg Awards Evening at Hendon town hall on December 10th. The question set was: Describe a United Community. Read her entry below:

Zara Ramtohul Akbur's entry to the Nutmeg Young Journalist Competition, sponsored by Hendon Rotary Club, impressed our panel of judges so much so, she was awarded first place. The question set was: How can the youth of today benefit from a united community and how can young people play a role in forming them? The announcement was made at the Nutmeg Awards Evening at Hendon town hall on December 10th. Read her entry below: