Young People on the Truth about Youth Programme
Children and young people were at the forefront of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ community day in Bristol on Thursday, June 20.
Ms Mountstevens spent the day visiting the new NSPCC Centre, experiencing some of the projects of the Prince’s Trust, hearing about the work of Empire Amateur Boxing Club and listening to the young people of Youth Moves.
The PCC began the morning discussing safeguarding children and the welfare of young people with NSPCC staff at the new service centre in Bristol, where they also showed her the facilities and activities they undertake with the children.
Ms Mountstevens then met with the young people of an ‘Experience Performing Arts’ course delivered by the Prince’s Trust Truth about Youth Programme which aims to challenge and change negative perceptions of young people.
The students explained to the PCC how the dramatic arts course, that takes place at the Bristol Old Vic, allows them to explore the role of body language in society and tell their stories and those of their communities.
Two students from another course offered by the Prince’s Trust then interviewed the Commissioner on her views on the portrayal of young people in the media.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It is important that I listen to young people, gathering their different thoughts and opinions giving them a much louder voice. Young people have an incredibly tough time and unfortunately the economy isn’t helping.
“However we have to focus on what we have got and work together with the Prince’s Trust and other organisations to raise the confidence of young people to help them believe in themselves and show them that they can achieve.”
Ms Mountstevens then visited the Empire Amateur Boxing Club who run a community programme aimed at re-engaging disaffected young people through sport.
In the afternoon the PCC met with the Integrated Response Integrated Services (IRIS) team whose aim is to reduce re-offending and the risk of serious harm through integrating agencies in the management and supervision of offenders.
Ms Mountstevens ended the day visiting Youth Moves at The Park, Knowle, a voluntary youth work organisation that works with 8-19 years old.
During the visit the PCC heard from the different groups that make up Youth Moves including Youth Opinions, Young mums, Junior club, Parkour and Boys group.
The visit to Knowle comes after the stabbing of 17-year old Jake Milton last weekend. The young people discussed the emotional implications of this incident as well as the support that Youth Moves can provide for those that need it.
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Posted on Friday 21st June 2013