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Join the conversation with Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership

by Alison Cornmell

Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP) has launched an interactive site to engage young people in dialogue to crowdsource their concerns, thoughts and ideas about issues relating to safety and violence. The first question they want to pose to young people is, ‘How safe do you feel about living in Merseyside?’.

Anyone can join this conversation if they register to use the site first: https://merseysidevrp.dialogue-app.com/stayingsafe-in-merseyside-public-dialogue

Getting young people to talk about things that really matter is the VRP’s mission. Through interesting discussions and exchanges, their collective voice will influence the way in which the VRP directs its work. Every young person contributing to the Dialogue site also has the chance to have their feedback presented to a range of policy and decision-makers in Merseyside’s with a view to bringing about positive change that reflects their wants and needs in their communities.

Susan Cowell, Youth and Community Engagement Lead, VRP said: “We are using the Dialogue platform to let young people across Merseyside tell us – and each other – what they think about all sorts of issues that relate to violence.

“Our first challenge, which asks young people about their feelings of safety, launched on 13 November and will close on the 27th so it will be interesting to see what opinions, thoughts and feelings emerge during that time.”

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Its fantastic that the Violence Reduction Partnership is inviting the thoughts and opinions of young people in order to inform decisions. By working with our young people, we can address the issues that matter to them and help to create a place where they feel safe and are able to thrive.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, added: “It’s really important that young people’s views are sought around how safe they feel and what impacts on their feelings of safety. Their views will help to shape future priorities for the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership. If you’re aged 13 to 25, I’d encourage you to share your views.”

The closing date to share your views is 3pm on 27 November.