Teenagers’ questions on future of town answered at The Mix youth centre in Stowmarket

December 2, 2014

Categories: Children and Young People | Events | Representation | Your area: Babergh and Mid Suffolk

The Mix Megaphone Question Time style event at The Mix, Stowmarket. With host Toby Jeffery and panelists Insp Tris Pepper, Sandra Ambrose of The Town Pastors, Olly Chidwick of The Mix and Cllr Gary Green

The Mix Megaphone Question Time style event at The Mix, Stowmarket. With host Toby Jeffery and panelists Insp Tris Pepper, Sandra Ambrose of The Town Pastors, Olly Chidwick of The Mix and Cllr Gary Green

(source: Ipswich Star)

Youngsters have quizzed decision makers in their town at a £5million youth centre.

The Youth Question Time Megaphone event saw children and teenagers ask questions on subjects such as leisure and sports facilities and crime in Stowmarket.

The Mix youth centre hosted the event, which was arranged with several partner organisations, including Suffolk Constabulary and local councillors.

Leah Kurta, executive manager at the centre, said: “It was a great opportunity for young people to influence decision makers in the town and input into areas such as town planning, health and well-being and safety.

“The young people had four pledges from the evening relating to each area at the end of the night so it was a fantastic success.
“The event was organised with a very high degree of professionalism and enthusiasm by the young people that took part.”

Community Action Suffolk, an organisation which supports the voluntary sector, helped organise the event.

Baz Wilkinson, senior development officer for youth participation for the group, said: “It was a really good platform to work and engage with young people with decision makers in Stowmarket.”

The pledges agreed to include young people on a new Sports Forum which wants to set up a new leisure facility in the town.

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