Youth Engagement

Youth Council

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GYC was set up to help get the views of young people from Gosport heard.  It represented young people aged between 11 and 19 living in the borough of Gosport. The group regularly raised issues of concern and were involved in projects such as Gosport Summer Passport, the Royanne Twinning and Youth Award. The website below has more information about their past work gyconline.wordpress.com/

Following a number of significant external factors, such as a reduction in youth service support, increase in online platforms and other societal changes, attendance at meetings gradually ceased.  Each of the secondary schools and colleges have their own Youth Voice or Councils operating at present, with members engaging on a range of issues and regularly in conversations with the local MP’s office.  There are also forums operated by local youth groups such as Motiv8 and Loud and Proud.  Gosport Summer Passport and other events provide opportunities for consultation and social action for young people – refurbishment of Bridgemary Skate Park was the result of such action.  Youth Champion Maggie Morgan also engages with young people on consultations and Council developments such as the relocation of Lee on the Solent Skatepark and also represents their views on other issues.

Gosport Summer Passport 2020 was carried out virtually and as part of this provision, the organisation Unloc provided an online platform for Leadership in the Community for young people.  There are also plans to deliver the postponed Climate Change workshop in 2021 subject to social distancing measures relating to Covid-19.

Hampshire Youth Commission represent young people aged 14-25 years old and you can find out more information about HYC at: https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/youth-commission

UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning: http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/

If you would like to get in touch about youth engagement, please contact Sam Mitchell: sam.mitchell@gosport.gov.uk or 023 9254 5232.

Previous work by GYC

Following the success of the 2016 Youth Conference, GYC members organised a Crime Conference which took place on Thursday 9th February 2017 at Thorngate Halls. Pupils from local schools were invited to attend and will take part in a number of workshops on topics related to Crime and associated issues. The local District Commander from Hampshire Constabulary attended, along with Hampshire Youth Commission and a number of other organisations. A short article about the success of the event was published in the Portsmouth News: www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/gosport/gosport-youth-council-organise-crime-event-for-their-peers-1-7816942

Feedback from the previous Conference can be found in the document here: Youth Conference evaluation[WORD, 4,554k].

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Past achievements

Bmary park

During the 2015 Gosport Summer Passport, some young people identified that improvements need to be made to the skate park at Bridgemary Park near Cunningham Drive. They signed a small petition that they gave to Councillor Beavis and with the help of local councillors, officers from GBC Leisure Department and Mark Vincent from Amiri Construction, some drawings of how the skatepark can be improved have been produced by Gravity Parks.

Discussion Plan discussion

These were first shown at the GYC meeting on Wednesday 7th October 2015 and they generated a lot of excitement from local young people who use the park. They came up with some new ideas that could be incorporated into the design and we also met some users at Lee-on-the-Solent skate park at the end of October, who thought the plans looked really exciting! It is hoped that the skatepark development will happen in 2017 depending on the success of a funding application to assist with the costs.

Lee skate consult Lee skate 2

In 2014, GYC members carried out the Tour De Gosport where they identified six areas in Gosport with problems such as poor lighting, littering and safety and together with local Councillors, they identified some solutions to these problems. An article in the Portsmouth News highlights some of the areas visited (link here) . Some of the areas are part of the improved lighting programme (such as Stanley Park) and improvements have been made to Rowner Rec and Leesland park improvements are progressing.

Stanley park