Weird times – pandemic uncertainty – and social life? what life! But here’s a chance to talk to adults who listen.
So, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org … and LET’S TALK. About things you want saying. The streets aren’t safe. Why no youth club? Could I get a mentor? Whatever.
In 2021 LET’S TALK is focusing on Family and is seeking online sessions with parents, children and young people, especially those living in Southwark and south London. See our LET’S TALK Video Report 2020.
In early 2019 and 2020, LET’S TALK ran Forums providing young people with professionals to talk to. Film Screenings in the Autumn showed young people what their peers were saying and doing, such as The Movement Factory and their production “One Road, Two Paths”.
LET’S TALK, set up by Peckham-based Community TV Trust, is a four year project spanning 2019-2022, with forums and film screenings in schools and youth clubs.
LET’S TALK confronts social dysfunction by listening. From a Panel of professionals listening to young people comes positivity, as LET’S TALK Panel members pass on their findings to our elected representatives and policymakers and take back fresh thinking into their own work.
The next phase concentrates on Family, which some say is in crisis – affected by poverty, unemployment, not to mention youth violence and knife crime and the Covid-19 pandemic which has intensified isolation and mental health issues. So LET’S TALK!
Get in touch by emailing: email@example.com
Community TV Trust [CTVT] offers media training & filmmaking in schools, PRUs and workshops for the disabled and marginalised. It engages people and young people in open-ended creative work, linking Community to Education.
LET’S TALK is listening to young people. Families too. Don’t be afraid to speak out: say what you see and need. Anonymity is offered.
In the first instance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop & Search – County Lines – Peer Pressure – Exclusion – Mental Health – Social Media – Exams
Parents may be stressed or broke. With local Faith communities and simple neighbourliness we can address isolation and mental health. We can create meaningful relationships despite the pandemic. Or perhaps prompted by it. Much is happening but …
Schools: ID, GDPR and DBS checks all make rigid barriers. Yet by 4pm every weekday, your young people are back out here – in community, on the streets. Build bridges for young people. You are the permanent hub if there’s no youth club.
In 2020 LET’S TALK brought another powerful Panel to schools and clubs in Southwark: a Judge, schools officer, a mentoring campaigner, teachers, a youth worker, a top Civil Servant now retired, a Stop & Search consultant, a community/Police liaison specialist, a theatre youth officer, an academic, and a filmmaker. There were five powerful Forums before Covid-19 cancelled the planned sixth at Dulwich College.
LET’S TALK big issues
Stop & Search is everywhere. For some it is a regular occurrence. But do you know your rights?
Most view Stop & Search as a necessary evil. It causes resentment but how else do you take weapons off the street?
What if Stop & Search were seen as an opportunity for building stronger community relations with the Police? Must be crazy even to ask that, surely … but actually, if you know your rights, then you can be strong in the encounter. Especially if the police officer is inexperienced. The interaction at the least could be set on a level playing field. Why not?
Where can I get support from?
Trust – someone you trust. If not a parent, carer, teacher or friend, then
- Anonymous helplines can provide good listening and fresh thoughts
- Crimestoppers guarantee anonymity if that is relevant
- Samaritans are always there for you if depression is winning
Our next discussion forum is at a special needs school … casting the net wide
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