The Big Conversation
Each year, the Youth Commission speak to young people across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton to get their concerns, views and ideas.
Each year we consult those aged 14-25 on our priorities, this year we heard your thoughts, experiences and solutions to tackling substance misuse, hate and hostility and staying safe on the streets. Alternatively you could tell us about something else.
We read every response and collate them into recommendations that are presented to decision makers, such as the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable, at our recommendations conference each year.
The Big Conversation will open again in Spring 2023, if you would like to be a part of the Youth Commission to help set those priorities fill out an application form to join us.
The Big Conversation 2020-2021
The results of the Big Conversation were announced at the end of November at our recommendations conference.
- 40% told us hate crime was their top concern
- 30% said it was serious violence
- 23% told us they were most worried about exploitation
- and 7% had a different concern.
In 2020-2021, we spoke to 2,042 young people about their concerns and our priorities. This chart shows who took part:
With the thousands of responses we receive, we make recommendations to decision makers who can make positive changes for our future. In previous years we recommended a Cyber Ambassador scheme after you told us it was important. The Cyber Ambassador scheme is now in over 140 schools and colleges!
Themes and trends
Through our Big Conversation young people share their thoughts, experiences and solutions. This is a list of all the codes our members identified.
You can see all of the information we’ve gathered by age, district and priority.
The Big Conversation 2019
We spoke to 2,645 young people about their concerns and our priorities. Here’s how we did:
- 35% told us substance misuse was their top concern
- 29% said it was unhealthy relationships
- 25% told us they were most worried about anti-social behaviour
- and 11% had a different concern.
- Our 35 members helped run and attend 87 events across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, in total volunteering 820 hours of their time.
- We worked with 39 different partners, and 78 people attended our recommendations conference and pledged to help us deliver them.