Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, is seeking volunteers aged between 14 and 25 years old to help give young people a voice on the crime and policing issues that matter to them most.
Recruitment for new members of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission is now open. The Youth Commission acts as the voice of young people, informing and supporting Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane in his work and helping him to challenge the Chief Constable on areas that are of importance to young people.
Youth Commission members consult with young people on police and crime issues and seek ideas on how these can be tackled. They also work to raise awareness and educate young people via campaigns, such as this year’s #RaiseaFlag campaign on unhealthy relationships. They run workshops, speak at events and take part in a range of other activities.
Members of the Youth Commission gain a variety of skills, meet and work with a range of people, learn about different issues that are relevant to them and their peers and get to be part of some great youth orientated events – this year members have attended festivals, youth conferences and summer activity schemes.
Michael Lane, said: “The Youth Commission gives young people an opportunity to have an independent and strong voice on societal issues that affect them. The Youth Commission works so well because it is about young people talking to, and hearing the voices of, other young people. It is important to me that we listen and take on board the views of young people because it is very much about their future.”
Youth Commission member, Gaby said: “I love that the Youth Commission is enabling young people to have a voice when ordinarily they wouldn’t. The Youth Commission encourages and supports young people to change the community for the better, to make it safer”
Youth Commission Member Marcia said: “The Youth Commission is a great opportunity. You get involved with so many different things like festivals and exciting events. It’s an active way of giving back to the community and still fits in with my university timetable”
Find out more and apply. The deadline for applications Friday 02 November 2018
Applicants with experience of the police and criminal justice systems, as an offender, victim or any other interaction are welcome to apply.