Hounslow’s young people map out places of safety

A group of local young people met Cabinet members from Hounslow Council on Wednesday 27 July, to present and discuss a People and Places of Safety map they have produced.

Published: Wednesday, 27th July 2022

Young people present their safety map to Cllr Katherine Dunne.

A group of local young people met Cabinet members from Hounslow Council today, Wednesday 27 July, to present and discuss a People and Places of Safety map they have produced.
 
Hounslow Young Facilitators are a team of 34 young people, aged 11-19, from nine different schools and colleges across the borough.   The map is the culmination of a long-term project that started in November 2021 in association with Participation People .  The team explored perceptions and insights into the people and places of safety across Hounslow.
 
It also offers a snapshot of the group’s hopes and aspirations around the concept of community safety, and how we could all work together to make Hounslow a safer place to live, work and study.
 
Working with a ‘graphic recorder’, the map highlights community strengths, and existing community safety projects employed by Hounslow Council. 
 
Through the project, the young people also learned about challenging topics including exploitation, radicalisation, and grooming to further inform their work.
 
Jess, 18, said;
“I know this map will help young people think about what to do and who to go to if they want a place of safety.  I'm really proud of our work."
 
Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Cabinet Member for Safety, said;

“Engaging with young people is an important part of our safer communities strategy and seeing the work that they have done in producing this map is inspiring. Young people are the future of our borough and we need to make sure they, along with all our communities, feel safe in Hounslow.
 
“As part of our commitment to community safety, we are investing over £15 million to create safer neighbourhoods and to tackle anti-social behaviour. Working together, we can bring about lasting change.”
 
For further information on our strategy, please visit the Hounslow Council website.

Participation People 

Participation People are youth participation experts, helping to give young people a voice, connect decision-makers with insights from young minds and deliver fresh perspectives for organisations that want to engage with young people. 

We believe the best outputs and ideas come from playful practice and we work with clients in a number of ways, always tailoring our approach around the solutions being sought. 

For more information visit www.participationpeople.com

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