No Knives, Better Lives Youth Summit
On Saturday the 2nd of February the Glasgow Science Centre played host to the massively successful No Knives, Better Lives 2013 Youth Summit, organised by the NKBL delivery team and Fast Forward Peer Education Co-ordinator, Sonal. The aim of this event was to allow young people to have their say on how they want to see the issue of knife crime tackled in their communities and what they want the future of the campaign to look like.
The youth summit saw young people from across all the 10 NKBL areas of East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire andWest Dunbartonshirecome together for this all day event last Saturday. The day, which included an input from the former Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament John Loughton, and was closed by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill, was action packed with interactive workshops for the young people to get involved in.
These included working on a 30 foot Graffiti mural, recording their own NKBL rap, leaving a message in the summit’s video diary, networking with other young people in a photo based activity and having their say with a live electronic vote. The afternoon saw the young people working in smaller groups engaging in workshops that specifically allowed them to look at who they felt the campaign should be working with in future, what activities it should be focusing on and what key messages it should be sending out. One young person commented on Facebook after the event “Just wanted to say I was at the summit on Saturday and it was fantastic. I will surely go to the next one!”.
To look at photos from this event visit the NKBL Facebook page