KNIFE crime, mental health and drug abuse will be top of the agenda at a youth conference taking place in Salford next week.
Housing association Salix Homes and its youth panel Boost4Youth are hosting the event at Buile Hill Park on Monday, 19 August to help raise awareness of some of the real issues that affect young people today.
The agenda has been set by members of the Boost4Youth group, which is made up of a group of Salford teenagers who act as the voice of young people in Salix Homes’ neighbourhoods across Salford.
“We are incredibly proud of our Boost4Youth group who were formed to help us make a difference to the lives of young people living in our communities,” said Jeanette Green, Salix Homes’ neighbourhood manager.
“Some of the topics up for discussion are really hard-hitting from knife crime to sexual exploitation and body image, but these are some of the real concerns facing young people today, which is why our Boost4Youth group felt it was so important to organise this event
“We hope our inaugural youth conference, which was the idea of our Boost4Youth group, will help open up the channels of discussion about these tough topics and let young people find out more information and raise awareness that it’s ok to share and talk about their own feelings and experiences.”
The event will offer a series of interactive workshops and sessions around knife crime, sexual health, body image and eating disorders, child sexual exploitation, healthy eating and exercise and employment opportunities.
There will also be a range of fun challenges, competitions and entertainment as well as refreshments served.
Salix Homes has teamed up with several partner organisations to deliver the sessions, including the LGBT Foundation, Greater Manchester Police, the Audacious Foundation and the Salford Foundation.
“Our Youth Conference is a great opportunity for young people in Salford to get together and talk about some of the issues that affect us every day,” said Orin Oyewale, 18, who is a Boost4Youth member.
“Some people may find it hard to open up and share their worries and concerns, so we wanted to organise this event to help young people who might be struggling to come along and get support if they want it or just find out more information about important issues in a fun way.”
The free event takes place at Buile Hill Park Hall from 1pm-4pm. Tickets can be registered for your free ticket at Eventbrite.