Students from secondary schools across the borough joined the Mayor of Havant, councillors and community groups for Havant Borough Council’s fifth annual Havant Youth Conference.
Held at the Plaza on Friday 15 March, the Havant Youth Conference aims to get young residents inspired about issues that affect them and to teach them about their local council and councillors.
As part of the event’s grand finale, students got the chance to award grants worth a total of £4000 to three local charities. Following powerful presentations from each, students voted by ballot to give Motive8 £2,500, Off The Record £1,000 and Oarsome Chance £500.
During the day, Councillor Michael Wilson, Leader of the Council, and Councillor Prad Bains talked about their roles and how they help shape the borough, while guest speaker Mike Lock from Havant and East Hants Mind discussed the importance of mental health. Students also took part in interactive workshops about voting and being smart with money, and had the opportunity to grill councillors during a special Q&A session.
Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet Lead for Communities, Development and Housing, said: “Havant Borough Council has successfully hosted its fifth annual Youth Conference which brought together students from secondary schools across the borough. We would like to thank the three charities who all gave outstanding presentations, allowing students to decide which worthy cause deserved the top prize.
“We hope that the conference and its speakers will encourage the young people to engage with both national and local politics. We think that the event will interest them in becoming more involved in their local communities.”