Earlier this year young people from across Sutton got the chance to tell Sutton Council and key partners exactly how they could help involve them in making decisions at the first Sutton Youth Summit.
Attendees included students from St Philomenas, Limes College, Nonsuch High School, Stanley Park High, Cheam High and Sutton Grammar School, all aged from 13 to 19.
Those attending the event at the Sutton Life Centre were able to listen and participate in a variety of talks, workshops and discussion panels. From civic participation to volunteering and much more besides, young people helped set out different ways for them to get involved.
The day’s events started with a vision for youth engagement shared by Sutton’s Youth Parliament, followed by the chance for the audience to look at how they could help turn this vision into reality. An interactive session run by Ipsos Mori using voting handsets also took place, which gave the chance to see how young people’s opinions of Sutton matched up with their adult counterparts when asked how they feel about Sutton as a place and in identifying matters that were important to them.
Young people then had the opportunity to look at four topics in some detail – leisure, apprenticeships, risky behaviors and mental health – before finally quizzing a panel made up of Aidan McNulty, Director, Talk Easy Trust; Chief Inspector Neil Tyre, Sutton Police Station; Chris Parker, CEO, Volunteer Centre Sutton, and Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council.
Council Leader Ruth Dombey said:
“The youth summit is a great way to gather young people together, encouraging them to be a full and active part of our community. We want and need our youth to be excited and motivated, not only in pursuing their own opportunities but in shaping and influencing the future of our borough.”
Elected member of the Youth Parliament, Cameron Clark said:
“This event has been about engaging young people and making them feel motivated and excited, not only about the area they live in but about the influence they can have in shaping the future of Sutton”
For information about the Youth Summit and about Sutton Youth Parliament please contact Lee Ocsko on 020 8770 5458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.