Young people are making their voices heard in Willenhall - will you join them? 

four young people sitting in a field

Since the beginning of the year, we have been working with young people in Willenhall to shape a campaign that could help tackle some of the challenges they face growing up there.

Of course, there are lots of positives to living in Willenhall. But we also know from our research that young people often feel unsafe when out and about, and the behaviour of some local adults can leave them feeling threatened and anxious.

This campaign aims to:

  • Give young people a voice among local stakeholders and decision makers
  • Ask the Council and Police and Crime Commissioner to act
  • Raise awareness in the community and encourage adults to look out for young people.

Background

In 2015/16 we were asked by Coventry City Council to carry out a well-being assessment of children and young people in the south east area of Coventry. This involved an online survey carried out in local schools, followed by face-to-face consultations. In total, 737 children and young people aged 8-18 participated.

Our research found that the proportion of young people with low wellbeing was greater than the national average, and that this seemed to worsen as they got older, particularly for teenage girls. Our findings, including a summary of the young peoples’ responses, can be viewed in the full report.

Sign the Pledge

We’ve been running a series of after school sessions with children at Willenhall Primary School to help develop their knowledge of community campaigning, and talk about ways to create a change in their area.

The children, aged 9-11, worked together to come up with a pledge that they want residents of Willenhall to sign up to. You may have already been asked to make the pledge – if not, you can sign up to it online. 

SIGN THE PLEDGE

Watch the film 

We worked with young people at the local youth club to create a film about their experiences growing up in Willenhall, and drawing more broadly on the findings of our research. 


What’s next?

On the 6 July, West Midlands Police will be conducting a community safety survey with a group of young people in Willenhall. This will be a hands-on activity, and is a fantastic opportunity for young people to show the police the areas and aspects of Willenhall that concern them.

If you know of any young people that might like to get involved, please get in touch with our campaigns team  or call 020 7841 4400 as soon as possible.