|Young people pitch their ideas for making the borough a safer place
Young people from Leigh and Wigan have been pitching their ideas on how to make the borough a safer place to councillors and staff from Wigan Council and Wigan Safeguarding Children Board.
The ‘Dragons’ Den’ style event invited young people to present their suggestions to a panel of professionals and an audience of young people from across the borough. The panel and young people then offered suggestions on how they could work together to help turn their ideas into reality.
Councillor Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, and panel member at the event, said,
‘It was a fantastic day. There were some really interesting ideas and we’re looking forward to helping the young people develop them. Part of our Deal for Children and Young People is about encouraging young people to share their views with us. We want all young people in the borough to be and feel safe, so listening to their ideas and working together can help us achieve this. I’m very proud of the young people who were part of this event today.’
Suggestions from young people included youth group Leigh Youth Voice’s idea to create ‘Safe Zones’ in Leigh town centre (places where young people could go to get help if they felt unsafe) and Wigan Youth Zone’s idea to develop a drama production to help raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
Megan Sutcliffe, 18, from Leigh Youth Voice, said,
‘I’d never met some of the ‘dragons’ before so I was a bit nervous but in the end we made some good links to help us develop our idea so I’m glad I did it.’
Gemma Unsworth, 13, who pitched on behalf of Wigan Youth Zone, said,
‘It was exciting because I like doing drama and the day has helped me understand more about what we can all do to stay safe.’
Young people also got the chance to find out more about local agencies who can help children and young people stay safe and enjoyed a session on mindfulness delivered by suicide prevention charity, Papyrus.
The event was organised by Wigan Safeguarding Children Board and Wigan Council and supported by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Brook Wigan and Leigh, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Papyrus, Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh NHS Trust, Greater Manchester Police, Wigan and Leigh Young Carers and Wigan Youth Zone.