One Big Debate – the first ever event of its kind – took place in November last year to officially launch One Big Community (1BC).
The six hour online debate was organised by young people, for young people, with 14-25 year olds coming together from across London to express their thoughts on the issues which cause youth violence and contribute their opinions.
The atmosphere was electrifying as 190 young leaders and social campaigners were joined by thousands of young people across the nation who took to the Twittersphere to participate in the trending debate. Questions ranged from “Do you know your rights and responsibilities with the police?” to “Does the way the media portray young people contribute to youth violence?”
The results that were gathered on the day are astounding. Here are a few to stir your interests: 60% of participants said they didn’t believe the Police could keep them safe; 72% of participants said they felt the media contributes to youth violence; 94% of participants said they didn’t believe all youth violence is because of gangs
Sounding out Southwark offers a unique opportunity for 50 young people from Southwark to discuss these findings and other ideas about how to end youth violence in greater detail. The event will bring together young people from Southwark, local policy makers and members of the media, the Police, the NHS and local schools. This is your chance to get involved in these critical conversations and shape the future of our society as information gathered will direct the future work of 1bc.
This event is kindly supported by the Safer Southwark Partnership Fund.