Barton Peveril Host 10th Consecutive Youth Conference

Barton Peveril Welcome Eastleigh’s School Pupils for Youth Conference

Centre left to centre right: Mayor of Eastleigh Darshan Mann, Stacey Miller, and Barton Peveril’s College Counsellor Helen Cunliffe.

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College hosted the 10th annual Eastleigh Youth Conference for local school pupils, on Wednesday 13th November. Pupils from Crestwood Community School, Thornden School, The Toynbee School, The Hamble School and Wildern School came to the College for the conference, which was opened by Mayor of Eastleigh Darshan Mann.

The event this year, coordinated by Stacey Miller Consultancy and funded by Eastleigh Borough Council, focused on substance misuse. The pupils attended workshops throughout the day, designed to prevent substance misuse by raising awareness of its impact on physical and mental health.

The Youth Conference had support from a large number of local organisations, which included Groundwork Solent, Solent Youth Action, No Limits, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission, Catch 22, and Hampshire Police. Barton Peveril students helped in the organisation and running of the day alongside Barton Peveril’s Counsellor Helen Cunliffe.

“A great opportunity”

Barton Peveril College Counsellor Helen Cunliffe praised the conference:

“We really enjoyed hosting the conference, as it is a great opportunity to meet and support pupils from the local area. By addressing substance misuse with pupils we can work towards preventing this issue in the community.”

Stacey Miller, of Stacey Miller Consultancy, commented on the conference:

“Substance misuse will affect most young people in some way whether it’s through themselves, friends or family. This year’s theme is vital in empowering young people to be street smart and allow them to make positive and rational decisions that affect their future.”

Barton Peveril student Jack Conner, who assisted with the conference, said:

“Substance misuse education is important to ensure pupils have a safe school environment and wider community.”

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