Date: 07/01/2008 Category: Young People
High Sheriff of Kent Nigel Wheeler will meet with the Kent and Medway Young People's Safety Forum (KMYPSF) to present a National Crimebeat Award. On Monday, 14 January at 4pm, Summit House in Gillingham, the home of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, will host the award ceremony. The forum was nominated for the award by the Kent People’s Trust. The group was highly commended by the judges. National Crimebeat is the charity of the High Sheriffs of England and Wales. The event addressed issues around personal safety and anti-social behaviour. It gave young people the opportunity to speak to politicians and get their voice heard. Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Children's Services Cllr Les Wicks said: "The forum is a great example of partnership working and highlights the important role that young people play in the community. Receiving the National Crimebeat Award is a great achievement and I commend them for their hard work. We are committed to making Medway a safe place to live and actively addressing the safety concerns of young people in the area." Chair of the crime and safety sub-committee and member of the KMYPSF Jo Balk said: "We are very proud to have won this award. It recognises the hard work that was put in to organising and running the event. It has shown us that the forum is making a difference to young people in Medway." Director of the Kent People's Trust Jacqueline Cassady said: "The Kent People's Trust were very impressed by the imagination and scale of the event. Envisaged and delivered by young people to tackle the issues of crime and safety and to challenge public perceptions about young people, it was a great success. We're delighted that these young people have received national recognition which they deserve.'' KMYPSF was set up in 2005. The group is made up of representatives from Medway Council's Youth Service, Medway Youth Parliament, Kent Police, Kent Youth Service, Kent Youth County Council, Kent Safe Schools and Kent Fire and Rescue Service. It aims to: * establish a forum for young people to identify and express their safety concerns; * engage young people and youth agencies to address the safety concerns of young people; * develop, produce and deliver appropriate material for young people on a range of safety issues.