Young people share their views with housing society

Posted on Wednesday 14th July 2010 at 8:27 am by SH (Editor)

Young people have been airing their views on life in South Gloucestershire and the services provided by Merlin Housing Society.

Twenty-five young people aged 16 to 25 attended a recent event specifically designed to allow them to have their say. Organised by Merlin and 1625 Independent People the event followed a similar one the housing society ran with its black and minority ethnic residents earlier in the year.

Community Investment Manager Verona Vidal said she was delighted with the response to the event. “It was excellent and everyone had a lot to say,” she said.

“Some of them had attended previous events we have held but felt that the things being discussed weren’t relevant to them, so were pleased to have the chance to talk about what is important to them. Around a third of the people who live in our houses are under 25 so it’s important that we give this group every opportunity to have their say.

“Among their concerns was the lack of playing facilities for children in the areas where they lived. They were also concerned that some areas get used as a dumping ground for rubbish. We’re going to take all of their views and see how the services we provide can help address their concerns.”

Many of the attendees have now said they want to get involved in other groups with Merlin, while some have expressed an interest in setting up residents associations in the areas where they live.

Source: Merlin Housing Society

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