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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.

The Big Conversation 2021 is now closed!

Each year we consult those aged 14-25 on our priorities, in 2020-2021 we looked at: exploitation, hate crime, and serious violence.

The results of the Big Conversation were announced at the end of November at our recommendations conference.

In 2020-2021, we spoke to 2,042 young people about their concerns and our priorities. This chart shows who took part:

A pie chart graphic showing the breakdown of participants by age. -13 2%, 13-14 31.9%, 15-16 33.2%, 17-18 14.5%, 19-20 5.4%, 20+ 7.1%, not specified 5.9%

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!

The next Big Conversation will be open in January 2022.

If you are a school, college, university or community group and would like to receive a batch of Big Conversation postcards to hand out to young people, please contact the Youth Engagement manager with the amount you would like to order.


The Big Conversation 2020

In 2020, we spoke to 1,054 young people about their concerns and our priorities.  Here’s how we did:

A pie chart explaining the no of young people by age who participated in the Big Conversation survey. The majority were aged 14-17 (over 67%), then aged 18-24 (nearly 18%).

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:

An overview of the people that responded to our Big Conversation: 16% were aged under 14, 19% were 14-16, 37% were 17-18, and 21% were 19-25. 7% of people didn't give their age.

  • 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.


The Youth Commission used the Big Conversation responses from 2018 to reply to the Department of Education.

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