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Posted On: 23rd Nov 2012

Building a Future

View from camera viewfinder of John
Jayden speaking with the police
Jayden and Eden

Three Taunton Fixers are campaigning to the local council for more educational and leisure activities for young people on their estate, particularly those seen as ‘too old’ for youth clubs.

 

The group, led by Fixer Jayden Neville-Moore (21), come from the Halcon estate in Taunton - an area which is "in the 5% most deprived areas in England" according to Somerset County Council statistics.

 

Taunton Deane Borough Council have highlighted the need for more provisions for young people in the area, but Jayden and his team think more needs to be done.

 

Jayden and his two friends – Jonathan Monger (21) and Eden Cooper (20) – want to make local councillors aware of what young people on their estate want, and hope their documentary film with Fixers with help their cause.

 

“The problem is that there is nothing for young people to do in our area,” said Jayden. “Because there is not enough in place for education or leisure, a lot of young people just turn to the streets.

 

“Any youth clubs that are running do not always help either, as many people in our area are ‘too old’ to join the clubs.

 

“It is in the council plans to help more young people, so now we want to show them the enthusiasm and support for this.”

 

The documentary takes a tour through the Halcon estate, interviewing young people about what could be done to improve their area, as well as talking with local police officers for their views on what could be done to take young people off the streets.

 

Team member Jonathan said: “There is a lot on offer for younger age groups, but once you pass 19-years-old, it gets harder to find things to do.

 

“That’s why we are trying to get the council on side. The council has tried to do their best in the past to try and support this but haven’t gone out into the neighbourhood to ask thoughts on what is actually needed,” he said.

 

“I think we can show that young people are not prepared to just sit back and wait for something to happen but are willing to put in the effort to make something for themselves and the next generation.”

Author: Ashley Scrace

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