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Thurrock’s youth ambassadors impress at conference

THURROCK Council’s Youth Cabinet successfully organised Youth Con 2015, a day conference for school ambassadors across the borough to speak up on issues most important to them.

The Backstage Centre at High House Production Park in Purfleet was packed with dozens of young people aged 11 – 16 last Wednesday (18 November). They were ready to listen, debate and make their voices heard in front of education leaders from Thurrock Council.

Workshops focussing on topics voted on by the Youth Cabinet included; bullying, mental health, interview skills and sports leadership.

A networking lunch rounded off the morning with 20 organisations represented and engaging with attendees.

Thurrock Community Safety Partnership which includes Essex Police shared their ‘Stop the Hate’ campaign (stopthehate.org.uk).

One of the attendees said: “I felt I was able to say what I was passionate about in front of people and it was amazing listening to all the inspirational speakers.”

Portfolio Holder for Education, Cllr John Kent said: “I’m truly impressed.

“Today was planned by 30 members of the Youth Cabinet – a day like this is not an easy job for even the most experienced organisers.

“But most importantly, these young people are the bright future of Thurrock and they enthusiastically debated and put themselves across in a way in which, honestly, some of us as councillors could learn from.

“Well done to everyone – organisers, attendees and schools for continuing to support education outside of the classroom.”

The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Gray closed the event by saying “I am so proud.

“Thurrock’s young people are important to us and it was an absolute pleasure for me to be here with the future leaders of our borough”.

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