Youngsters have their say on East Northants

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Students from senior schools across the area joined together at the second Youth in East Northamptonshire conference to discuss issues which affect them as young people growing up in the district.

More than 60 young people met at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden for the conference which this year focused on environmental crime.

Students at the youth conference

Students at the youth conference

Through workshops and discussion groups, the students learned how they can report envirocrime and what they can to do to prevent it happening in the first place.

Scenarios were given to stimulate discussion on how organisations can work together to prevent and help reduce environmental crime and students indicated areas of concern on large maps of their towns.

The one-day event saw representatives from East Northamptonshire Council, Service Six, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Against Domestic Abuse and district and town councillors come together to discuss their involvement in life in East Northamptonshire.

Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council Cllr Clive Wood said: “We wanted to create an informal, relaxed atmosphere for the conference with the young people interacting as much as possible and not just being talked at.

“The discussions they held about environmental crime were very impressive; these students are enthusiastic and confident young people who are committed to making their voices heard on issues that really matter to them and they really embraced the ethos of the I love East Northants campaign.

“The council and our partners at the conference are excited about taking forward their ideas and suggestions on fighting envirocrime.”

The council website has a youth section dedicated to young people and growing up in the district – includes information on how to have your say, where and how to vote, understanding planning applications, making the most of In My Area, advice on drugs and alcohol and accessing funding for youth projects.