Posted on Thursday 4th May

Cheshire Youth Commission has welcomed back some familiar faces and lots of new members as young people across the county show they’re eager to make a difference in their local communities.

Following March’s announcement of on-going support for the Youth Commission by Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane, Saturday (29 April) saw the Commission get together for the first time in 2017 to discuss their ideas for tackling the police and crime issues that affect young people.

David Keane said: “Knowing what our young people think is crucial to my policing plan as around a quarter of the county’s population is under 25. It’s important they have a voice and this is the ideal platform to get their views and importantly their ideas for tackling issues affecting young people.

“Having representation from such a diverse set of young people will help get the bigger picture, so I’m delighted to support the project and it was fantastic to meet all the young people hear how they want to make a different for their peers.”

Following the first year’s success, the Youth Commission 2017 recruited more members to support the delivery of a wider remit. This is going to include at least 2,000 conversations with young people, an advisory role on policing issues, specialist project work and support for the delivery of the recommendations the 2016 Youth Commission made as part of last year’s pilot.

Rose Dowling, director of Leaders Unlocked which co-ordinates the Youth Commission said: "This launch event brought together a diverse group of young adults who are passionate about making a difference to crime and policing in Cheshire.

“They set a clear direction for this year's Commission, selecting the priorities they most want to tackle. We look forward to supporting this group to gather and represent the views of 2000 young people in their communities this year."

Read the Youth Commission report from 2016.