Applications for the 2024 Party Conference Programme are now open. The deadline to apply is 9am, Wednesday 31st July. Apply now.

During Autumn every year, all British political parties hold Party Conferences across the country, which are attended by thousands of people working and engaging with politics.

These Conferences enable elected representatives and party members to discuss and vote on party issues. Away from the Conference, there are several fringe events where small discussions and debates take place.

Attending Conference can be a daunting prospect for some, with thousands of people in one space, including Party members, politicians, journalists, business representatives and other external organisations. At Patchwork, we use the different Conferences as an opportunity to reduce the barriers for young people from underrepresented communities and teach them how they can be involved and active members of our democracy.

Through our programme we provide delegates with a bespoke experience of Conference, including free tickets to one of the main Party Conferences, Roundtable discussions with Senior Party officials, an opportunity to be present for the leader’s speech and special preparation with relevant information to provide the best experience possible, helping to make politics accessible to all. Read about Muhammad’s party conference experience here or start your application now. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Are aged between 18-30 years old for the duration of the Conference programme and residing in the UK.
  • Identify as a young person who, for economic, social, cultural, geographical or health reasons, faces obstacles that prevent them from having effective access to politics and broader opportunities.
  • Has not attended an in-party Party Conference before, whether part of the Patchwork Conference programme or not.
  • Able to give attend the entire duration to one of the Patchwork Conference Programme* and complete all pre and post-programme tasks
  • Are proactive and committed to making the most out of the whole conference programme.
  • Have an interest in British Politics or Civil Society, such as: engagement in party politics, law, climate initiatives, grassroots campaigning etc.
  • Willing to engage in open discourse and remain respectful towards other participants, the organisation and speakers.

*The Patchwork programme takes place on the final 2-3 days of each Conference. You can find exact details on the dates below. As a reminder, if successful accepted onto the programme your delegate pass will allow you to attend the entire Conference.

Patchwork Conference dates:

  • Liberal Democrats Party Conference: Brighton, 16-17th September
  • Labour Party Conference:Liverpool, 23rd-25th September
  • Conservative Party Conference: Birmingham, 30th-2nd October

Applications for the 2024 Party Conference Programme opened on Friday 12th July and will close 9am, Wednesday 31st July 2024. Applications will be sifted and, depending on the volume of applications, a shortlist of applicants may be invited to a short interview with the Patchwork team. No late submissions will be accepted.

All candidates will hear back regarding the outcome of their application.

Interview dates:

If selected to proceed to interview stage, these will take place online on 5-6th August 2024. You will select your own interview slot dependent on your availability. 

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or can no longer be considered for the Programme.