More than 90 people who work with young people joined pupils at a conference to develop a children and young people’s strategy for Blacon.
The conference, which was held at Blacon High School and organised by the Blacon Youth Provision Forum, provided the opportunity to discuss issues affecting the provision of children’s and young people’s services and facilities. These included Avenue Services, all the Blacon Primary Schools and Blacon High School as well as voluntary groups.
Several years ago, The Children’s Society carried out a series of surveys across Blacon as part of the Good Childhood Conservation. Consultations with parents and children followed, which showed that although younger children were generally well catered for, there was a lack of services for older children.
Workshops were run by facilitator Dave Taylor. Speakers included Cath Morris of The Children’s Society, who talked through the Good Childhood Conversation, and Mike Barclay, play development co-ordinator for Wrexham County Borough Council, who analysed reframing play.
Organiser the Rev Tina Upton, who chairs Blacon Youth Provision Forum, said: “It struck me how we had all ages actively engaged in the process of the day, having a say about what young people need in Blacon. We need to continue to harness the sense of excitement and collaboration from the youth conference to develop our strategy for Blacon.”
The next step is to hold events to facilitate the opportunity for young people to give their views on how services can be improved and how working together can make a difference in Blacon.
Other attendees at the conference included The Prince’s Trust, Blacon Adventure Playground, Catch 22, Blacon Youth Football Club, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Active Cheshire, Holy Trinity Church and local schools.