Following the ROC Conversation community engagement events in Milton Keynes in February, young people came out as a key theme.
The area has experienced some knife crime and pockets of anti-social behaviour.
We have set up 4 local action groups to follow up the issues raised at the events.
We have had some zoom calls with Head teachers and youth organisations and agreed a manifesto for a new Youth forum;
‘The ROC Youth forum exists to develop safer, kinder communities by ensuring the voice of young people is heard on issues of crime and community safety. We will support young people in connecting with organisations across MK so that they can, personally, tell their stories and communicate their concerns, hopes and ambitions. We also aim to work together so that these voices lead to practical action making a difference to the lives of young people in this city.’
Several local schools have agreed to help run a youth survey asking young people key questions about safety, exploitation, concerns. But also their hopes and aspirations. Once the survey is completed views will be shared with organisations across Milton Keynes.
In Reading we are hosting 2 youth webinars in September again getting the views of young people. Cranbury College have produced a film about exploitation which young people will watch before completing the survey and webinars
In addition we’re having a post card competition with prizes asking young people to design a ‘wish you were here’ piece of art either digitally or drawn. The art work will depict their aspirations and dreams for Reading. Best entries will be displayed in key locations around the town.