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  1. I'm still here! There's just not been any negative comments about young people for me to rant about
  2. Can anyone link to me to this information? Cheers
  3. Budget consultation tonight. All of this shall be raised
  4. It is a shame that not one of the executive members or officers even looked out of the window, but their own ignorance will be their own downfall. Young people are starting to take notice of what's going on now both locally and nationally, and so if this Council is committed to ignoring its young constituents and cutting on our services and provision... Then young people will inevitably be committed to cutting their parties out of politics in future elections. *You won't fool the children of the revolution*
  5. No wonder they were more than happy to facilitate the protest 12 or more officers + ?125 an hour + an hour protest = 3 Ipads
  6. Its the exam week, so most people couldn't come :/ BUT they'll be more protests and it can only get bigger and bigger ^^
  7. There was about 100 people there, no sight of the Council but plenty of media attention The crowd was really loud and we definitely got our voices heard. Not sure whether the Council actually took notice though xD
  8. Well as IMPACT never actually used it for any minute taking or preparing documents (we mostly just left the Ipad at the end of the table and just wrote our notes down on paper) I'm not too sure how great they are. From having a look at it the first time we got it, I found it mostly to be useful for just internet searching. So I guess for emails, it's useful but I would generally say the only benefit to it, is its size. However considering the ?50million of spending they have to save, I would not see them as financially beneficial. As for who got them, I know that Head Directors and assistant Managers have them. I'm not sure if actual Councillors have them, but it could be a possibility, maybe the executive committee? As for the whole costings, I was told they might have got them for free or paid half price...So I'm as much in the dark as everyone else. I presume you can read and edit word documents on them, as one of its standard applications is Notepad. And I presume you can get other Apps which resemble Microsoft word, publisher, excel etc. As for their reasons of purchase, all Services from my knowledge, are having mass amounts of new technology bought in. Now a lot of workers who I've spoken to are saying is making their job much harder to complete and often fails and breaks down on them. Now it might be that the Services are spending the money they have been allocated now, in the fear of getting less next term because it might look as though they don't need that amount of money if they didn't spend it in the last term. Or it could be that 'the boys are indeed buying new toys', but there are a lot of women Councillors, directors and managers too. (just to take away the sense of sexism) Personally, I doubt its the second presumption, only because the first has more logic and Services might be buying into the new equipment under the impression that it will have a positive effect on efficiency within their Service over a period of time. Considering its now all been bought though, lets hope it does. Otherwise we'll have to hope they kept the receipts
  9. This is quite a big joke for me really, and not a funny one at that. IMPACT was given one of these Ipads to use during its meetings, to which me and a few others were against ever since we got the pathetic thing, because; 1) As young people, you can't help but want to play with it. 2) With access to the internet, the first reason is just emphasised. 3) There was never any clarification on where from and why they had suddenly appeared and at what cost.... Me and another member of IMPACT requested that the Ipad should not be brought to the meetings, as its only use was as a distraction and the only actual benefit it had was that we could watch our promotional video that had just been finished. When I questioned how this Ipad had suddenly come into our hands, I was told "the Council might have been given them for free, as a trial use." And then I was told "the Council may have bought these at a reduced rate." And then it was simply "we don't know..." But now we do know...
  10. Considering your posting on my thread, I've got the oldie stalker And considering I have exams in 2 weeks time, I need to actually get some revision done
  11. I noticed that too, we'll have to set up a separate forum for me and you
  12. No-one with just a little bit of authority or general power can be genuinely helpful to anyone anymore can they
  13. I myself was giving out the survey and collecting them back in to hand over to the Youth Service, who then correlated the data. So they should have it somewhere, just a case of reminding them to actually go and find a copy And I will definitely look into using an FOI request, as it could come in quite useful for seeing how all that Youth Provision funding is allocated and spent
  14. Long but very educational and wise As for a copy of our consultation and the collected data, I've been asking the Youth Service for a copy of it for a while now, but sadly they have not come forth it a copy. I'm under the understanding that there must be a completed copy, otherwise I'm unsure what was actually taken to the council to support our campaign. The next IMPACT meeting is on the 11th, so I will ask again for a copy and hopefully get the details of it to you soon after
  15. Were hoping to get quite a few people, but the protest is not one against the Council, but rather their decisions. We want recognition, consultation and apologies. Not a war with them xD And yes, IMPACT was quite puzzled at that ?5million Youth Centre too. We asked for a Youth Cafe, with Youth facilities. And then suddenly, we're promised the biggest and best Youth Centre in the world that will take 5-6 years to build and will cost ?5million to create. Personally I don't see how they can cut almost ?3million from young people, through cutting Youth Services. But then promise us a ?5million toy that will be ready in 6 years time to keep us happy... And yes, the idea is to have a massive Youth Centre in the town centre, all funded through private companies (which I doubt will listen to IMPACT). But once the huge complex is built, I have to ask what will happen to the small little Youth Cafe? You know, the one we originally asked for 2 years ago xD
  16. I'm still here, just busy organising a protest http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116116738460844
  17. Sounds good to me, nothing like a bit of harmless cyber confrontation of beliefs xD
  18. I'm sure we can arrange something And as for what facilities there would be, the survey we gave out was three pages long, which listed dozens of things we could have in the youth centre and IMPACT (who made the survey) has members from all stereotypes, who all have different hobby's and interests, so as a group, we'd make sure they'd be something to cater for all different interests, from arts and crafts to sport to media to music to perhaps things like cooking. At this moment in time, anything is possible, as its all in our imagination xD
  19. I don't wish there to be a divide, but it does seem that whenever I post a comment, the oldies get together and seem to do some kind of "Back in the day....." which ultimately causes a 'my generation believes this, your generation believes this' xD
  20. I do , but a lot of young people don't sadly. And I agree, I'd say I have the common sense and maturity to get home safe, but it just doesn't help when the person walking towards you wants to start something. But again, a Youth Centre can't have control on who is in town and who your going to come across on your way home. When me and members of IMPACT visited the site, its like a tardis. You go in and it goes back really far and the upstairs is just room after room, with plenty of space for music rooms, studio's, stages etc. It just comes down to the amount of funding xD As for media, I presume the idea was to have computers. I'm not too clear on what software would be on them, perhaps editing software for young film makers, perhaps gaming software or just access to the internet for the "technological generation" xD As for "Newlove", I've never heard of it :/
  21. Mostly, it relates to comments and views that were held in the Walton Gardens debate that did seem to turn into "attack the noobie" and I'm not sure exactly who did and has said what without going through the threads I've posted on. But I'm not going to point the finger at each member and whine about who said what. I just think that just as if I ever said something about older people, some members would argue the case I'm wrong. So I don't see why as soon as I argue the case as why some member's comments are wrong, suddenly everyone starts telling me to quiet down. Don't get me wrong, I don't take any comments personal and respect that some people will always retain certain views. But that doesn't stop me from shouting my views and arguing why I'm right But My whole role as an MYP and as a young person is about representing young people and when I don't agree with a comment, I will oppose it quite strongly. As for trying to get more young people on here, when I posted the Youth Service thread, a lot of the views were from young people who saw my advertising statuses on facebook and I believe Jenny George (A good friend of mine) joined soon after reading it. I hope more young people do join this forum as maybe we can then have some balance between our generation's views and your generation's views
  22. When I was giving my statement that night at the Police station, I took the opportunity to ask the Police officer roughly how many officers are out tonight and remember him telling me that there's approximately 12 Officers for the whole of Latchford, Lymm, Stockton Heath, Walton etc. Now some may think that's enough, but considering the amount of people there must be in those area's put together, I don't think 12 Officers is hardly enough. Now it could be that he didn't mention the amount of PCSO's that are about, but I know that when my mother called for the Police because of a domestic issue, we waited three hours. We rang three times, were given a special number to ring in case anything happened, in which we ended up having to ring, and when we were put through to this special unit, they had no idea about why we were ringing up or why we were given the special number. It was a complete failure for the Police and I just hope it isn't common practise for families to wait three hours for the Police to come and help in domestic issues.
  23. I think just as I may take a strong stance on defending my generation, some members do make some comments where I don't think they realise how insulting they actually are. I understand that you were all teenagers once, but times change and some of your views are quite outdated, with some of your comments quite concerning. To which I try not to sound aggressive, but I do believe in making a strong stance so you hopefully understand how wrong some of the things you say about my generation are. And as one member of this forum said to me about not judging someone they've never met, I don't think any of you can comment on who I know, who I'm friends with, and who I'm representing.
  24. I'd say from 13 to 18 and you are right in that, the one thing we wouldn't want is young people being left to walk home or face the "horrors" of Bridge street on a Friday night. Therefore I would propose as an idea, that it shuts roughly at 10pm, that way young people have an hour to catch their bus. This would work as most buses come every hour, with some coming every half hour. What I would also suggest to the Youth Service, is that on Friday and Saturday nights, the Youth Centre caters more to the older youngsters, perhaps with having band nights designed for 15-18 yr olds as one option. This means that if the young people do choose to leave early or walk home, they are of an age which hopefully has a lot of common sense and maturity to behave and get home safely. but also, its really up to the parents and the young people themselves to take responsibility for how they spend their weekend night times. But at the same time, the Youth Centre should do its best to make sure young people are safe as they leave the building too. As for the argument to have it located in the Town Centre, in the Summer and indeed sometimes in winter, there are hundreds of young people hanging around in town, most with nothing to do but walk around the shops and buy coffee. So its an ideal location for young people to pop in and use the facilities, especially when all of the bus routes come into town. If young people were to go to the Peace Centre, those who didn't live in the western district would have to take two buses. For me to travel to the Peace Centre and back home by bus, it would cost me ?6 per night. To travel to town, it costs ?1.50, so its also cost effective for a Youth Centre to be in town Centre, as well as easily accessible.
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