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Posted On: 6th Feb 2013

Estate Action on ITV West Country

Estate Action on ITV West Country
Estate Action on ITV West Country
Estate Action on ITV West Country

In a community where many young people are at risk of turning to the streets, three friends are asking the council to build a centre to draw them inside, and are bringing their campaign to ITV News West Country (ITV West Country region).

 

Lead Fixer Jayden Neville-Moore (21) – and his friends Jonathan Monger (21) and Eden Cooper (20) - 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.

 

The group want to ensure young people who are above the age limit for joining youth clubs are still part of the community, and they hope the council will construct a communal centre for this cause.

 

To aid their campaign, the group are producing a documentary which highlights the need for greater provisions for young people - who are at risk of turning to the street - in the Halcon area.

 

Talking about the problem, Jayden explains: “Any youth clubs that are running do not always help, 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 from people in our area who support this.”

 

The documentary tours the Halcon estate, interviewing young people about what could be done to improve their area, and talking with local police officers for their views on methods to take young people off the streets.

 

“The council has tried to do their best in the past to try and support this, but have not gone out into the neighbourhood to ask people what is actually needed. This is what we are doing differently,” says Jayden.

 

“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.”

 

You can watch their Fixers documentary below.

 


 

 

Author: Ashley Scrace

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