Your chance to be heard
Discussion Forums were organised in schools and youth clubs to hear from Year 6 pupils, Year 9 and Year 11 students. Where an organisation like a youth club was less able to provide a single age cohort, the project welcomed mixed age groups.
In 2019 the three Forums were held at Surrey Square Primary School, Bede Youth Adventure Project and Harris Academy Peckham. The Panel who heard from these young people included a Judge, a senior civil servant from the Ministry of Justice, a trauma surgeon, a head teacher, a music teacher, two youth workers, a youth pastor, a Stop & Search consultant, a senior police officer, an academic and a filmmaker.
2020 pre-Covid lockdown saw five Forums. They were held at Blue Elephant Theatre, Surrey Square Primary School, Highshore School, Ark Walworth Academy, and Bede Youth. The event at Walworth Academy attracted a big turnout of pupils, in excess of fifty on the night. They were noisy, articulate and empassioned.
2021 was entirely locked down but early in 2022 two more Forums were held – at Blue Elephant Theatre and Bede Youth – before the project focused entirely on the production of its documentary film “CHANGE OF THOUGHT”.
LET’S TALK ran from 2019 to 2022 and was funded by The Peckham Settlement and London Community Foundation.
What young people said
Brandon Estate resident
“Last year we had two deaths in our area, and I live right in front of the block … I knew the two boys, I used to play football with them. One of them was stabbed and one was shot. … we should be investing in youth clubs.”
SSQ pupil 2019
“I want to know why isn’t it safe for a child to grow up in Southwark.”
The value of Bede? Bede’s my family. My second family.
I listen to drill music but I don’t act that way.
I have left my house one day and I’ve seen a shooting, and someone was killed opposite my house.
Need to talk …
It scares me to even talk to anyone. Most of the time I just bottle it.
Maybe we need to know more about how to handle peer pressure in other situations, you know, how to deal with mental things in other situations.
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