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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 2022 is now closed!

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.

the hate and hostility, safe on the streets, and substance misuse logos.

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

During 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 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.