Young People’s Role in Changing the Future of our Cities

Four young people who are active in MAP’s Participation Youth Work in Norwich recently joined a national Key Cities event, representing the voice of young urban Britain.Changing the Future of the Key Cities brought together young people, MPs, Peers, Councillors and other decision makers to discuss the issues facing young people in cities today.

Colin Dutton, MAP Senior Participation Youth Worker, who arranged for the young people from Norwich to attend the event said ‘Our young people spoke eloquently and confidently in front of 200 people and were praised by the organisers for their contributions.’  One young person highlighted the lack of opportunities in higher education for those with moderate learning difficulties who have a great work ethic but few formal qualifications. Another challenged the idea, proposed by a senior officer, that mental health problems could be solved by healthy eating and more exercise, explaining that this was not her own experience.