Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane, Fareham Borough Council Leader Cllr Woodward, and the young people’s charity Y Services recently joined together to hold the first youth conference in Fareham since 2009.
The conference on Wednesday 11 October 2017 brought together over 40 young people and teachers from surrounding schools to focus on the issues young people in the area face in daily life. Presentations and topics covered included Cyber Safety and Safer Relationships which were run by members of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission and Hampshire Constabulary’s Wildfire initiative.
The day also included an opportunity to input to the Welborne consultation and take part in a radio show. It finished with a ‘Grill a Grown up’ question and answer session with a panel made up of Cllr Connie Hockley, Y Services trustee, a police officer and a Youth Commissioner member.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, after opening the conference, said:
“I am so pleased to be able to welcome so many of the Borough’s young people to Fareham to discuss the issues that really matter to them to help us make the right decisions.
“As they grow up they want to be able to afford to live in Fareham and we will do everything we can to make that possible. They also want to feel safe as they go about their business and I welcome the commitment of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, to do his best to keep us all safe.”
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner outlined why the conference was important for young people:
“My Youth Commission provide a voice on issues that matter to young people and today has been about sharing their learning and experiences in the areas of cyber safety and unhealthy relationships with local young people to help to keep them safer.
“I believe cyber security for all ages really matters. Our lives are increasingly played out online, with younger people in particular making the most of the benefits that technology can bring. However those who wish us harm are also increasingly using technology, they are clever and we all need to understand the risks these people and their activity creates.
Trustee Andy Kennedy from Y Services said: “Y Services recognises the importance of young people’s voices being heard in the community and forums where they can speak to decision makers. Working alongside partners to deliver this first conference in Fareham for a number of years has been an excellent opportunity to capture the views, wishes and feelings of young people and discuss matters that are important to them. Information gained from the conference will help shape the priorities of the charity in Fareham for the forthcoming year.”