The Davis Hall in West Camel was packed as volunteers working with young people came together to share ideas and hear the thoughts of Sue Mountstevens, Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.
The first South Somerset Community Youth Networking event focussed around how to help all different types of providers, voluntary groups, local authority representatives and local councils to discuss how to sustain and develop youth work on a local level.
Zara Scott-Davies, Senior Youth & Community Worker for Somerset County Council said, “It was great to see such a good turn-out, and we’re happy that the SCC’s youth and community service could support the event. I’m sure relationships between voluntary groups, town and parish councils and youth service providers will be strengthened by the forum and this will benefit young people.”
Before breaking out into groups to discuss fundraising, programme ideas and how to start up a youth club, attendees listened to Tim Cook who discussed the challenges and rewards of setting up a rural youth club. Following this Sue Mountstevens gave a keynote speech about how important it was to value young people and the contribution they make. She also outlined the increasing pressures that young people face today.
The event was organised by the Youth Opportunities Group which includes representatives from statutory agencies, local charities, local churches and young people who meet to tackle issues relating to young people and look at ways to make their lives better.
Cllr Sylvia Seal, South Somerset’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture said, “It was encouraging that so many people turned up to this event. It is heartening to have so many people in one room that care about young people in South Somerset. I am positive that this event can only be of benefit to young people in the future.”