COUNTY?police and crime commissioner Michael Lane is seeking volunteers aged between 14 and 25 to help give young people a voice on the crime and policing issues that matter to them most in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Recruitment for new members of the award-winning Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission opened on January 30. The commission gives young people the opportunity to support, challenge and inform the work of the police and crime commissioner.
Youth commission members identify the issues that affect young people and gather their opinions on what the specific concerns are and ideas of how to tackle them. They also work to raise awareness and educate young people via campaigns, such as this year’s cyber safety campaign #GoFISH, workshops, and events.
Members of the youth commission gain a variety of skills, meet and work with a range of people, learn about different issues that are relevant to them and their peers and get to be part of some great youth orientated events. This year, members will have attended festivals, Rock Challenge, youth conferences, and summer activity schemes.
Mr Lane said: “The youth commission gives young people an opportunity to have an independent and strong voice on societal issues that affect them. The youth commission works so well because it is about young people talking to and hearing the voices of other young people. It is important to me that we listen and take on board the views of young people because it is very much about their future.”
There are two stages to the application process, the first being a form to be completed by March 5 which is available from hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/youthcommission.
Applicants who reach the second stage will be invited to an assessment evening during week beginning March 13. Applicants with experience of the police and criminal justice systems are welcome to apply.