A ground-breaking youth conference in Eastleigh included a mock trial into hate crime to give young people an awareness of the issue.
The Council-funded and supported event allowed Secondary and sixth forms in the Borough to interact again face-to-face; recognising how this helps young people explore challenging themes and give them a voice.
The mid-November event covered themes of hate crime and mental health and was hosted by Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh. The Council’s Health and Wellbeing team and the coordinator, Stacey Miller Consultancy, put on workshops for 70 young people and their teachers. There was also a mock hate crime trial led by real barristers and the Crown Prosecution Service, where the pupils had to find the defendant innocent or guilty.
- Managing Anxiety by Joanne Sumner Wellbeing
- Bereavement and Loss by Stacey Miller Consultancy
- Hate Crime by the Hampshire and IOW Youth Commission and the Crown Prosecution Service
Attending Borough schools and colleges:
Barton Peveril College
Crestwood Community School
The Hamble School
The Toynbee School
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “The Council is proud to have funded and supported the twelfth consecutive youth conference. We are committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of young people is supported in the Borough. A forum for young people to explore themes important to them is vital for their development and understanding of the world. Thank you to all the organisations who helped make this a successful event.”