Young people share their views at special event
Young people have been sharing their views on the challenges and opportunities growing up in Wiltshire at a special event.
More than 80 pupils from The Stonehenge School and Avon Valley College were joined by members of Wiltshire Council's Amesbury Area Board, Wiltshire Police and other professionals for interactive sessions on cyberbullying, keeping safe, diversity, volunteering, mental health and leisure.
The event provided an opportunity to hear young people's views and ensure their thoughts and ideas are shared with the wider community and acted upon.
Darren Henry, chair of the area board's Local Youth Network (LYN) set up the event with young people from the LYN suggesting the themes. From the event's feedback Amesbury Area Board will identify Local Youth Network needs, priorities and outcomes.
He said: "Everyone of all ages has a role to play in building a strong community and this was a great way of ensuring we take young people's views into account. The young people put forward the topics and now we will be discussing the views expressed in future LYN meetings. We will also be sharing these with the area board so we can continue that close working and show young people the effectiveness of democracy in action."
Sam Johnston Principal for Avon Valley College said: "At Avon Valley College, we are working hard to ensure that British values are made to feel real for students. Events such as the area board's Local Youth Network meeting, which allows students' views to be heard through a truly democratic process, show that everyone can contribute to how things are done in the community."
Olivia Coombes (Year 11) said "It was really good that we were mixed up with the other school and some adults in our groups to get other people's views."
Harry Edgar (Year 11) said "Everyone was educated on something, we learned something about the law on knife crime and especially enjoyed the diversity topic."
The LYN meetings run every eight weeks and will alternate between Stonehenge School and Avon Valley College. The LYN is for 13 to 19 year olds and anyone who would like to be involved can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The next meeting of the LYN will be at Stonehenge School on Friday 9 March from 8:30am to 8:55am.