SRtRC supported the Essex PCC on the 5/8/15 at the seconda annual Youth Conference
We were delighted to play such a prominent role in this prestigious conference; one which demonstrated how important it is to involve people of all ages and backgrounds when trying to make real change. This is the only way to make change meaningful and sustainable.
Steve Goodsell, regional manager
The annual youth conference started by Essex Police Crime Commissioner took place this year on the 5/8/15 and was held at Chelmsford Football Club. The theme of the day was ‘Be the Change’. Young people from across Essex were invited to the event and nearly 100 young people volunteered a day in their summer holiday to attend. Show Racism the Red Card, South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre, and members of Essex police helped support the day providing workshops and activities for the delegates.
The most important thing for the organisers was being able to find out the opinions of the young people. They were questioned using anonymous voting machines about their views, so that the police can make a real change and address the issues that were bought up. Money from the PCC budget was allocated to making real-world changes, or implementing new ideas that arose from the conference which the delegates found inspirational.
After talking about stop and search procedures, and getting to know our rights, Show Racism the Red Card delivered an hour long presentation on hate crimes and stereotypes, led by our educator Manisha Tailor. The attendees were then given the opportunity to come up with some media – a poem, picture, rap etc that they could then deliver in a ‘diary room’ style space run by volunteer Tom Gudgeon. They now have another 2 weeks to come up with anything else that will be sent in with the hashtag #essexonevoice. This material will then be collated into an informative film about young people’s views on crime, safety and community in Essex.
Thanks to the PCC for a great conference and to the young people for their participation, hard work and great ideas.