Teens with a Voice!

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 lee.ocsko@sutton.gov.uk or call him on 020 8770 5458.

 

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Q&A with the Leader of Sutton Council

On Wednesday 18th October, the leader of the Council took to Twitter to answer questions from the residents of Sutton around Sutton’s future.

Between 6.30pm – 7.30pm, questions were tweeted to Ruth Dombey by many people across Sutton, including the Sutton Youth Parliament using the hashtag #SuttonsFuture. Sutton Youth Parliament asked questions that they knew young people in Sutton are thinking about and the campaigns they are currently working on.

The Tweets from the session can be seen below:


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Website Consultation

We are going to be revamping our website and would like to get opinions and ideas from the people who visit it – YOU! 

If you would like to help, please complete the form below. There is an option for you to leave an email address so that you can help us with the design if you would like to.

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Teens with a Voice – NEXT WEDNESDAY!

Wednesday 10th September, ‘Teens with a Voice’ open forum meeting at The Quad Youth Centre, starting at 4.30pm and finishing around 6.30pm. Open to any Sutton young person aged 13-19.

Chance to get YOUR voice heard on issues that matter to YOU.

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Think Change

What is Think Change?
Think Change is a group aimed at young people who are experiencing loss, grief, divorce, separation and/or a significant figure being absent from their home or life. The group is delivered in partnership with Core Assets.

What does it involve?
Think Change supports young people through a programme, utilising arts therapies and various other techniques. The group will explore feelings and experiences, while using
discussions and games to help manage emotions.
Think Change provides a space where young people can talk openly in a safe environment.

Who can join?
Young people need to be aged between 13 and 19 (up to 25 with additional needs) and will need to be referred by a professional.
Referral forms can be requested from and returned to youthservice@suttonlea.org.

All accepted referrals are subject to a home visit.

When is it?
Think Change will take place every Monday (during term time) from 4pm – 5.30pm.

Where is it?
The location will be confirmed very soon.

Where can I get more information?
Please contact Craig Edmunds on 020 8770 5197 or craig.edmunds@sutton.gov.uk or Sarah Bilodeau on 020 8661 7088 or sarah.bilodeau@coreassets.com.

The flyer can be downloaded from here.

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