Council Leader backs Staffordshire young people conference

megaphone-kid-croppedThe Leader of Staffordshire County Council has given his overwhelming support to a conference organised by young people in Burntwood, Lichfield and the rest of the region.

Councillor Philip Atkins, as well as Commissioner for Children Gill Stanford, will be supporting the Speak Out conference, when young people from across the county come together to speak about the issues important to them.

The conference taking place in November is earmarked to be the largest of its kind in Staffordshire and it is hoped that it will encourage young people to make their voices heard, but also think of practical resolutions to key issues.

Speakout has been organised by the Youth Action Kouncil (YAK), a group of young people who represent their peers from across the county. Following consultation with thousands of young people the day will focus on issues identified as important to them. Participants will have the chance to take part in a series of fun, interactive workshops planned, designed and delivered by YAK members to influence and challenge key decision-makers. The main themes of the day will be around transport, the negative image of young people, lack of things to do, and bullying.

Leader Philip Atkins said:

“Speak Out is a very important conference, because it gives us as County Councillors an insight into what issues are affecting young people in Staffordshire. By bringing these issues to a wider audience and actually affecting change, they are making a positive contribution and proving that their voices count.”

YAK spokesperson Sam Hale added:

“The conference gives us a fantastic opportunity to shape the communities we live in and improve things for all young people.”

The conference will be held at the Staffordshire County Showground on November 19 and is open for all young people aged 13 and 19 (inclusive) who live, work or study in the county.

For more information or to book your place, contact Kathryn Lowe on 01785 277220 or log onto www.staffordshirechildrenstrust.org.uk.

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