Teens with a Voice had its first official meeting on the 10th September and one of the young people who attended, Jade (aged 13), had this to say about it:
Teens with a Voice is an open meeting for anybody ages 13-18 to come along and let their voices be heard. This is a fairly new scheme but is already taking off well.
On Wednesday we held our first official ‘Teens with a Voice’ meeting. We had reps from UK Youth Parliament, Sutton Youth Parliament, Jigsaw4U, Children in Care Council and people from 7 schools. We felt much more engaged with Sutton and everyone was really passionate about all the topics we discussed.
Firstly, Pete Flavell from health watch came to have a chat with us; he gave us a quick questionnaire to fill out and a link to share with friends so everyone could get involved. The information will be used to help upgrade health care services.
We also had Michael Ryan from the police come to the meeting. We discussed with him issues we felt were important in Sutton and things that the police were doing well and others that everyone felt they could improve on. He happily agreed to be part of our future campaigns and was enthusiastic to answer anyone’s questions.
Towards the end we looked back on are 4 chosen campaign topics and decided which we felt were the most important to campaign on. After debating, deliberating and discussing we came up with the top two we thought would be best to spend our budget on. These were: jobs and volunteering opportunities for young people and confidential services. After this we came up with a structure for campaigning and are ready to get started in the next few weeks.
To conclude Teens with a Voice has already been a great success and will hopefully make a difference in Sutton in the future.
Would you like to get involved with Teens with a Voice? The group meets every 6 weeks at The Quad. There’s no need to sign up in advance – just show up on the day!
The next meetings are:
- Wednesday 22nd October 2014
- Wednesday 3rd December 2014
If you would like more information, please email Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 020 8770 5458.