Youth Discussion Forum –
This project was funded by the Active Citizens Fund administered by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
What is it and who is it for?
In 2017-18 we were funded to develop, establish, run and facilitate a Forum for young people across the city of Wolverhampton.
What we did
We developed a Forum for young people in Wolverhampton which would provide 16 to 25 year olds with the opportunity to get together to identify and explore issues which were important to them and other young people in the city. It would also, with our help, give them the chance to put their views forward to local politicians and organisations such as the City of Wolverhampton Council and West Midlands Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
We worked with more than 300 young people in 2017/2018.
During the year we held eight events in local areas with young people. For three of those events we invited each local MP, Pat McFadden, Emma Reynolds and Eleanor Smith, and Police Officers local to those areas to come along and listen to the concerns of their young constituents. The young people identified a range of issues which were important to them and wanted changes made, these included:- housing, education, health provision, the benefits system, local politics, appropriate leisure provision for young people etc.
One of the outcomes of the YDF event with Eleanor Smith MP was an invitation to the Houses of Parliament which took place in October 2017. The visit provided opportunities to see the building in use, learn something of the history of the place, see MPs in action and understand that as voters they can hold their local MP to account for changes required in their localities. Eleanor Smith gave an undertaking to share the issues raised during the session at the Houses of Parliament with the other Wolverhampton MPs and respond directly to some of the young people on some of their specific issues.