Website Group Update

Our Website Focus Group had its first meeting on Wednesday 27th May. It was a really positive meeting and, as a result, we’re going to work on two main things:

  • Have more content written by young people for young people. We’re going to be sharing good news stories about the achievements of young people in Sutton. This will largely be completed by the Website Focus Group members. If you would like to join us, please send an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
  • Redesign the website. This will be a huge task, but we want a website that delivers great content and looks great at the same time.

Our next meeting will take place in the summer holidays and we will be posting more details about that as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you have any ideas or would like to be involved, please email us or talk to us on Twitter and Facebook. The social media pages are managed between 8.30am – 4.30pm on weekdays, so please be patient if you send us a message outside of these times.

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YouThink visit to Brixton Prison

On the 27th October 2014, 8 young people on Youth Offending Team referral orders attended a trip to Brixton Prison. The aim of the prison visit was for our young people to participate in a number of sessions managed and facilitated by a team of serving Category C prisoners.

7 out of the 8 young people who attended engaged in the evaluation process and 4 of those appeared in the video below:

After the visit, 71% felt they had a better understanding of prison life.

After the visit, there was a 29% increased agreement (from 42% to 71%) with the statement that their actions now would affect their adult life.

57% of young people felt that they had learnt something new from the prison visit.

71% of young people said they would do something differently as a result of the trip.

When asked if they thought people in prison were ‘just like me’ 43% of young people increased their opinion after the visit.

After the prison visit, 86% of young people felt that their education is an important part of their future development.

The young people reported that they felt the consequences of being sent to prison are:

  • Bad living facilities
  • Violence/physical violation
  • Separation from family
  • Difficulties in accessing education/employment
  • Criminal record
  • Freedom taken
  • Poor quality of life
  • Unable to fulfil ambitions
  • Makes travelling harder

86% of young people said that they think the trip should be run again for other young people.

One young person (14%) did not comment.

6 months after the trip, 75% of the young people that attended, had not re-offended.



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Have Your Say: Sutton MYP Nominations are Now Open!

The nomination period for you to become the next UK Youth Parliament Member for Sutton is now open!

  • Are you 14 – 16 years old?
  • Would you like to campaign on behalf of young people in Sutton, both locally and nationally?
  • Do you want to learn new skills and meet new people?
  • Can you commit to regular training and meetings in order to fulfill the role?

If you answered ‘YES’ to the above then you are eligible to stand in the UK Youth Parliament elections, scheduled to take place in Sutton in January 2016.

There will be a 5 month training process where you will learn the following skills:

  1. Public speaking
  2. Leadership
  3. Raised aspirations
  4. Project management
  5. Democratic processes
  6. Team work
  7. Budget management

There will be a full and fun weekend training residential which you will be required to attend during October Half Term.

As a candidate you will have the opportunity to work with Sutton Youth Parliament, Sutton Council, MPs and business leaders.

If successfully elected, you will represent Sutton on a national scale by attending British Youth Council events up and down the country. The Member for Youth Parliament also has an opportunity to speak in a live televised debate in the House of Commons each year.

There will be a meet and greet session in July with all candidates and this will be an
opportunity to attend and have all of your questions answered!

The manifesto videos from last year’s candidates can be seen below:

If you have any questions, or would like to put yourself forward, please email before 30th June 2015.

Download our poster here.


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Deaf Awareness Week 2015

What is it?

This week (4th – 10th May) is Deaf Awareness Week, which is a celebration of the achievements of the organisations working with deaf people and the positive steps taken by employers and services to ensure deaf and hard of hearing people are treated fairly.

The UK Council on Deafness use this week as an opportunity to raise awareness about deafness in the UK. Did you know that 1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or hard of hearing?

The theme for this year’s Deaf Awareness Week is “Connect and Communicate” and it aims to highlight the positive outcomes of being deaf aware and improve the understanding of all types of deafness.

5 Top Tips

If you have a friend who is deaf or hard of hearing, the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has some great tips to help you communicate with them:

  1. Get their attention. Try waving or tapping their shoulder.
  2. Speak clearly. Not too loudly or too slowly.
  3. Make sure they can see your mouth. Face them when you talk.
  4. Use your hands. Point at what you’re talking about.
  5. Keep trying. Try texting on your phone or writing a message down.

Find out more



Youth FM and Media Night!

Youth FM is a radio station run for young people, by young people. We meet every Tuesday during term-time at the Youth Zone in the Phoenix Centre (Wallington). The sessions start at 7pm and end at 9pm.

We’ll be broadcasting live VERY SOON, so keep an eye on this website for details, or come along to a session.

Join us to learn about DJing, radio production and much more!

New members are ALWAYS welcome! Your first session is free and after that sessions are £1 each.

If you would like more information, please send an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


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