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Youth Summit, Wiltshire

On Wednesday 8 February 2017, Ms Hunter accompanied two Year 10 students to the Wiltshire Youth Summit hosted by Devizes School. The event is a combination of inspiring talks and workshops designed to engage young people and get their input in to the development of services for children and young people. The Youth Summit organisers want to ensure money is being invested where it is needed most and where it makes the most difference to young people’s lives.

The event began with an address from motivational speaker Cameron Parker, aimed at inspiring and 'firing-up' the attendees for the workshops. A market place of exhibitors was in situ throughout the day to engage with young people, and there was also the chance to quiz Wiltshire’s elected members, Assistant Chief Constable and Health Care managers … and for them to quiz the young people!

 
Bradon Forest student, Harry Standen, said: "The Wilts Youth Summit was a good experience, I enjoyed imparting my views on the future changes. My favourite workshop was the Policing Matters. I found it beneficial to discuss our worries and problems and to give ideas to overcome this. I also enjoyed the Healthy Mind, Healthy Life workshop. It gave me a good understanding to think everyone is different and to help others in need."

 

All of Wiltshire’s secondary schools, special schools and colleges were invited to bring two student representatives to the event. Delegates were actively engaged in discussions alongside Wiltshire’s senior decision-makers and service deliverers who included Chris Graves - Chair of Healthwatch Wiltshire, Councillor Laura Mayes, Ted Wilson - Community and Joint Commisionning Director for Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard and Phil Bevan - Headteacher at Devizes School.