This is an archived press release
Tuesday 6 March 2007
6 March 2007
Students raise top concerns at Peak 11 Conference
Anti-social behaviour, training, transport and housing were among top concerns for young people at a one-day conference in the Peak District National Park.
Thirty-five students from 11 local secondary schools took part in the Peak 11 Conference, which included workshops, role-play and a lively question-time with decision-makers from local authorities and police.
Based at Losehill Hall (the Peak District National Park’s centre for environmental learning), the conference raised issues that are particularly important to rural youngsters.
They all play an active role in their school councils, and National Park Authority officers and members led sessions that engaged them in lively and dynamic presentations.
In the afternoon the students fired questions at representatives from Derbyshire Police, Derbyshire Dales Borough Council, High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire Local Education Authority, Derbyshire County Council Youth Service and the Peak District National Park Authority.
Rachael Foster, the Authority’s youth engagement officer, said the third annual Peak 11 conference had been a great success: “It’s so important for young people to have opportunities to speak to decision-makers. Young people also need to see the effect their views and opinions have on organisations, so it is vital, as with any form of consultation, that they see action and receive feedback.
“The Peak District National Park Authority recognises the importance of listening to the views and opinions of young people as the future generation who will be living and working in the National Park.”
The students also welcomed the chance to meet other young people, share ideas and discuss issues that affect them living in a rural area.
Schools taking part were:
Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth; Hope Valley College; Highfields School, Matlock; Queen Elizabeth Grammar, Ashbourne; New Mills School; Chapel en Le Frith High School; St Philip Howard School, Glossop; Glossopdale Community College; St Thomas More School, Buxton; Buxton Community College; Leek High School.