Up to 100 youths attended Thamesmead's first ever Youth Summit at Woolwich Polytechnic on Friday 11 August. The event was supported by Trust Thamesmead and meant youths from both boroughs of Thamesmead - Bexley and Greenwich, not only integrated together for the first time, but were also given a voice to have their views heard on issues of interest and concern, including gang culture, racism and bullying.
The day was kicked-started by star of the small screen, Tameka Empson who, alongside The T Factor winner, Byron, held a debate regarding knifes, weapons and staying safe.
Lunch was provided and proved very popular with the youths, who needed to build up their strength for an afternoon of activity workshops, including football, street dance, drama and djing. Dinner also proved mouth-watering irresistible.
A Community Support Officer, Gallions Wardens and various youth providers also attended the event and were on hand to answer questions.
Janice Songhurst-Jones, Community Development Manager at Trust Thamesmead, who organised the day said: “The day proved to be a positive step forward in integrating youths from both sides of Thamesmead. The youths weren't shy in coming forward on their concerns and views on a number of topics.
“Questionnaire forms were completed on the day, from which Trust Thamesmead will be putting together an action plan which will inform the development of youth programmes in Thamesmead.”
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