The big idea is to continue developing a newpaper written by and for the young people of the area. This has taken off amazingly from 6 young people being interested, to 40 involved across the year. All young people are included not just those who use the project, we have several places to meet and work throughout the area.
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The Central part of our catchment area has been demolished, moving and unsettling some 400 families to the periphery of the area. Many young people voiced the worries about this issue as there is little likelyhood of them moving back into the central area of new builds. They recognised that they would like to be kept up to date and have their views taken into consideration during the whole process. As we encourage self help, development and ownership, we worked with the young people to begin the paper. We envisaged it would be a double sided A5, not so, they had many things to say, the paper became read by the wider community, links were built with the housing regen group and they now have representation on the Community Panel. The group actively involve other young people and their views and opinions. They have been involved in consultation about the new play area and other things. The aim is to develop the group into a Southwick Young Peoples Forum, Councillors and L.A. are already interested and supportive of this. We have secured funding for 1 part time worker but the success has led us to need a further worker and printing costs to be met. All in we are looking for approx 7k a year. We intend to seek advertisers for the paper as the group become more confident in their ability.
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