On Tuesday 26th November 2019 the Youth panel hosted their first ever youth conference which was aimed at highlighting the effects of youth crime and working together as a community to find solutions to prevent it. The event was very successful. The young people worked very hard as they created and performed a drama piece on the challenges facing young people, knife crime and its effect on family and friends. We also had guest speakers including Cllr Kate Anoloue Mayor of Enfield, Nims Obunge; Senior Pastor of Freedom’s Ark and CEO of The Peace Alliance and Janet Evans; Senior Practitioner at Enfield Council focusing on Restorative Justice. We also had a variety of motivational speakers as well as a poem from our a young person from our service.
“As a young person from Enfield foyer youth panel, it was inspirational to work with my peers using our experience and background to create something empowering behind such an emotional topic. As young people although the statistics may show a lot of violence coming from our age group, we want to show there is much more we have to offer especially coming from our backgrounds. Hopefully we can continue to grow creatively through opportunities offered within the service.” – Margarett Ortiz-Chois (Youth Panel Member)