Survey launched to make young people’s voices heard

The Young Opportunity and Fairness Commission has launched a survey to gather the views of young people living in Croydon.

The Young Commission wants to hear from young people in order to learn which key issues they face, and to understand what should be done to resolve them.

The short survey covers the Young Commission’s three priority topics – crime, safety and policing; physical and mental health; and education and employment. These areas have been chosen by the young commissioners as the most pressing and important issues facing young people in Croydon today.

The commission is now calling on schools, community groups, youth centres, and other youth organisations to promote the survey among young people so as many as possible can make their voices heard. The survey will close on 31 October.

The Young Opportunity and Fairness Commission is part of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission, chaired by the Bishop of Croydon. The commission is an independent body looking at what steps should be taken to make Croydon a fairer place with more opportunity. It is due to release its interim report at the end of September and a final report in January 2016.

Through September and October, the Young Commission is also carrying out workshops in schools and community groups to gather the views of young people – anyone interested in running a workshop at their group, school or organisation should get in touch with the Young Commission. Details for how to get in touch are set out below.

Young commissioner Shaniqua said: “I’m looking forward to going out to schools and youth groups with the commission. It will allow us to interact with young people face to face. Young people always have some really great insights and things to see, so I’m looking forward to hearing from them. This is a great opportunity for them to be involved in making changes in their community.”

•The survey can be found online at

• The survey closes on 31 October.

• Paper copies of the survey are available and can be posted to groups, organisations or schools. Included is a stamped, addressed envelope for the surveys to be submitted.

• You can find out more about the work of the Young Opportunity and Fairness Commission, as well as the Opportunity and Fairness Commission, by emailing us at or following us on Twitter @oppcroydon


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