I’m one of 50 #iwill Ambassadors for the Step Up To Serve campaign, that is aiming to get more young people involved in social action. On Monday 24th November, an event was held in London to mark a year since the campaign’s launch. I was invited to attend the anniversary celebrations. Click here to read more about the event.
Lorna at the anniversary event with fellow Fixers Jordan Caldwell and Devan Witter
I have submitted written evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) inquiry to explore children and young people’s relationships with the police.
The APPGC published its final report on 28 October 2014. The report sets out a range of recommendations, which my evidence fed into, to provide a clear framework for strengthening police practice in relation to children and young people.
Following the success of my campaign, I met with my Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to discuss my project.
Ms Mountstevens and her team have kindly invited me to take part in a forum over the summer that will look at improving the relationships between young people and the police. You can read further comment from Ms Mountstevens below.
'I enjoyed meeting Lorna and was impressed by the passion she has to improve outcomes for young offenders. It is always interesting to discuss alternative approaches, particularly from those who have first-hand experience of situations.
'As PCC I am committed to listening to the quiet voices, including young people, as all too often their views are overlooked. I wish Lorna luck with her work and would like to be kept up to date with her project as it progresses.'
I am also now a part of the Somerset Youth Offending Team Steering Group - we're currently looking into improving the intro pack that is given out to young people about the Youth Offending Team.
I attended the launch of the 'Step Up To Serve' campaign at Buckingham Palace.
It's an initiative that aims to get more young people involved in social action and Prince Charles and the three main political party leaders – David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - were there.
Click here to read the story about it.
An article about my attendance at the launch appeared in the Bridgwater Mercury. Click here to read it.
HRH The Prince of Wales, political leaders and young people, including me, at the 'Step Up To Serve' launch event at Buckingham Palace
I met my MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger, on 13th September. He supports my Fix:
“The film is fantastic. I would like to congratulate Lorna and everybody for doing a brilliant job. I have given the film to some other people to look at because I feel the way it has been produced is stunning and I am very impressed.
“I would like to know how the project progresses and to be kept informed of how Lorna is doing at all stages. I really would welcome further involvement, I am glad Lorna got in touch and well done once more to all involved.”
I also attended the Fixers Road Savvy Forum in London on 4th September. It brought together Fixers, politicians, road safety experts and representatives from the emergency services.
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and former footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker were among those there.
The day was split into two sessions. In the morning I took part in a workshop, discussing the key road safety issues facing young people today. In the afternoon, a forum was held where politicians and road safety professionals were given the chance to put questions to a panel of Fixers.
Conclusions from the event are going to be presented to the Department for Transport in a ‘Fixers Green Paper’ as a contribution to the Government’s forthcoming Road Safety Green Paper.
Following my attendance at the forum, I was featured on ITV News West Country to discuss road safety for young people. Click here to see the full broadcast.
Click here or on the photo below for videos, photos and for more information about the campaign.
Lorna (right) taking part in the morning workshop at the Fixers Road Savvy Forum
The presentation of my Fixers film took place on 20th August, and it went really well. About 25 to 30 people attended the event, including city councillors, professionals, supporters and fellow Fixers.
My fellow Fixers and I receiving our Fixers Certificates
at the presentation
The audience was extremely impressed with my Fix, with many encouraging me to share my campaign with my local MP and other influential figures in the area.
Councillors Brian Smedley and Kathy Pearce from Sedgemoor District Council attended the presentation, and said they would be happy to help me and suggested getting key partners more involved.
Amy Hurst from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner called my Fixers film 'brilliant' and 'powerful', while others in attendance described it as inspirational, amazing and fantastic.
My story was featured in the Bridgwater Mercury. You can click this link to read their story.