Wiltshire Youth Summit 2017

Wiltshire Youth Summit

‘Your County – Your Say’


was held on 8th February 2017

at Devizes School

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Wiltshire Youth Summit 2017

Young people from across Wiltshire shared their views and ideas with key decision makers at Wiltshire’s first ever Youth Summit.

The Youth summit at Devizes School was planned and delivered with a team of young people who work with Healthwatch Wiltshire, Wiltshire council and Wiltshire Police.

Nearly 60 young people from schools across Wiltshire attended and took part in an interactive drumming session which got everyone fired up for the day, followed by motivational speaker Cameron Parker. A range of workshops were held on topics including emotional wellbeing and mental health, speaking up and making your voice heard, health services in school and policing matters including creating a safe society.

There was also a marketplace of exhibitors from 15 organisations providing services to young people there on the day, providing information and gathering feedback.

The event ended with a panel session where the key messages from the workshops were shared and voted on by the young people. They then had a chance to quiz the panel members which included Councillor Laura Mayes, Ted Wilson from the CCG, Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, the chair of our board Chris Graves and Phil Bevan, Head teacher at Devizes School, on how they could improve. The key messages and concerns raised during the workshops were:

  • Struggling to ask for help around mental health issues
  • Alternative methods for accessing the school nurse
  • Young people want to be invited us to more community groups and meetings
  • Cyber crime

The panel members all made a commitment to listen to what they had heard throughout the day and work on tackling some of the issues raised.

“Drumming – I love it!”

“Great atmosphere –it was buzzing”

“I enjoyed the interaction with other students”

“I will try to inspire young people”

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