Merton Youth Parliament: preparing for the ‘Police Think Tank’.
Over the summer the Merton Youth Parliament (MYP) ran a Mitcham Area Youth Forum at Pollard’s Hill Youth Centre, which was well attended by young people. During the discussions at the meeting, young people agreed that they would like to work to build a better relationship with the Police, increasing understanding and respect on both sides.
As a result of the forum, the MYP, supported by Merton’s Participation Worker, has organised a ‘Police Think Tank’ to take place at South Thames College on Monday 16th October 5-7pm. (is this the right date and time?).
The event for young people will include discussions on the issues raised by the Area Forum, presentations from Merton’s Gangs Workers, and a Q&A session with representatives from the Police. It is hoped that the event will begin to facilitate better understanding of the issues from both sides, and identify any further work to be done.
If you would like to attend the ‘Police Think Tank’ with young people that you work with then please contact Sarah Safo, Participation Worker via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Merton Youth Parliament (MYP) is a forum for young people aged 12-17 years and up to 25 years for Special Needs. Merton's children's services are committed to supporting the group to influence and be part of the democratic processes of the local authority. The MYP run Area Youth Forums based in Colliers Wood and Wimbledon; Morden; Mitcham; and Raynes Park, and offer a platform for young people in their local communities to come along and have a say or highlight issues affecting them.
For more information about the work of the Merton Youth Parliament download a copy of the Merton Youth Parliament Manifesto 2017-18. The manifesto was informed by feedback from the Young Residents’ Survey, and a consultation conducted with 60 young people at Mitcham carnival 2017.