Young people get vocal in the gardens

THE North Somerset Youth Parliament invaded the Italian Gardens in the town centre to give the youth of the town a means of getting their voices heard loud and clear. The event aimed to promote a positive

THE North Somerset Youth Parliament invaded the Italian Gardens in the town centre to give the youth of the town a means of getting their voices heard loud and clear.

The event aimed to promote a positive image of young people as well as demonstrating some of the best talent in both music and performance from around the area.

Live music came from local band 'The Excitations' and The Weston Free Runners provided some awe-inspiring stunts for event goers to feast their eyes on.

Young people were able to get their voices heard by members of the organisation, who work closely together with groups around the area to make North Somerset a better place for young people to live.


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'Graffiti' white boards were used to express ideas and comments, with many young people wanting more advice, better public transport and better support with youth crime.

Feedback from the event was very positive, and one of the young people involved in organising the day, Josh McTaggart explained: "The 'Youth Voice Day' was very well received by both the younger and older generations alike.

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It was a truly inter-generational event. There were numerous comments from all age groups asking for another similar day to be organised, with more bands, more performances and even more youth voice! The huge success of the day means this will be a likely possibility for next year."

The North Somerset Youth Parliament is a youth led group for anyone aged 11-18 who wants to make a difference to the area.

This year they have been focusing on public transport issues in the area, working with the police to help support young people affected by crime and campaigning for improved youth facilities in the area.

Member of Youth Parliament for North Somerset, Belinda Hill, talking about the Parliament said: "It's a great way to get your voice heard and make changes you want to see happen in your area. I've loved my time here and would encourage any young person interested to get in touch."

Any young person who wishes to have their talent showcased at the next event should contact Youth Matters to be put in touch with the event organisers.

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