New Milton Town Council hosted the first Youth Services Conference at the new A&T building on Wednesday the 13th February. The theme for the day was ‘Working Together towards Positive Outcomes for Young People and their Families.’ A key note speaker was Inspector Scott Beney from the New Forest Neighbourhood Policing Team. He said of the conference;
“It is hoped that the conference will be the start of working more closely together in partnership to help identify those children experiencing challenges, so we can signpost and support them through pathways to build their resilience and reduce the likelihood of them going down the wrong path.”
There were also presentations from P.C. Matt Budd on Cyber Bullying, Charlie Taylor from ASBOC Youth and Community Trust, Lesley Anthony and Katrina Young from Solent minds, as well as information from Catch22.
Silma Ramsaywack, Youth Coordinator also gave an update of youth services nationally and locally, including plans for the proposed New Youth Centre close to the town centre. Several meeting have been organised to meet with young people in New Milton for them to contribute their ideas for the design of the building. Spudworks based in Sway will be helping the young people put their ideas into shape, prior to them being passed to architects for formal plans to be drawn up.