9. Young Peoples Concerns 9: YOUNGER PEOPLES CONCERNSThis section was about identifying the needs of young people in the parish.These are the concerns that this section of the community indicated as most needing action: (These are the views indicated by the majority of numerical responses received to the questionnaire) · To have a well-run Youth Centre in the village, open to all. · To have a voice in village affairs and a section in the parish newsletter · To be able to receive more vocational advice (How to do a CV : Conducting an interview: How to get a temporary job) · To learn new skills (Film making: Acting: Playing an instrument) · A general willingness to help (particularly in money-raising events) These were all the verbatim comments added to the questionnaire sections: (We would point out that these are individual comments and do not necessarily represent the views of the majority of respondents) YOUNGER PEOPLES COMMENTS 1: WHAT ELSE IS IMPORTANT ABOUT A YOUTH CENTRE? · The leaders must be young, enthusiastic. · People running it - youth workers, used to working with teenagers. · A good leader · Really kind people to run it. · Where it is - need somewhere new, modern - not just use of a room in an existing building. · Modern not old-fashioned · That there is a member of staff present at all times. · A set of rules people have to stick to. · Doesn't matter where it is · It would be great to have a youth club that was run so that bullying and stuff did not happen. · We don't have a youth club. · Must have activities that suit everyone · Where everyone has a chance to do what they enjoy. · Team building activities · Available for 11-17 years · Younger children should get a chance to go. · A bar-b-que. · Sports facilities 2: WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN OR TAKE PART IN? · Just talk to friends and meet new people. · Socialising with people of our own age. · Volunteering within the village. · Boxing, careers help, bands playing, showing films. · Fencing · Swimming · Photography · Skateboard park · Football classes · Football & cricket · Football · Football, tennis · More sports · Rounders & tennis · Dancing · Ballet · Activities related to the creative arts (music, art, etc.) · Art & Design · DT (Design Technology) · An art club · Creative writing class, arts & crafts. · Cookery classes, craft clubs · Clubs for cooking and fire-making. · Homework help 3: WHAT ELSE WOULD IT BE HELPFUL TO HAVE ADVICE ABOUT? · Crime reporting and prevention · Advice about dangers and risks from the internet, etc. · Most things · Homework. · How important is it not to smoke. · Sticking up for yourself. · Safe driving (for the "older" young people). · Universities · Choosing a university & the right courses. · Where you can go to get stuff at shops. 4: WHAT ELSE COULD YOUNG PEOPLE DO TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY? · Helping in village events, e.g. village fete. · By running stalls at local fetes and helping to organise events. · Having a stall at Otford Fete · Childrens' events with sponsorship to raise money for the village. · Have sponsorship events and fundraising days. · Put on special events organised by young people with a little help. · To do more fundraising events. · Hold events to raise money. · Put on shows, drama, music for people. · Get money donations. Make posters promoting different things in the community. · Put on shows, fundraisers and this money could be used to improve the playgound eqpt. In Recreation Ground. · Joining local clubs · Being involved in village things. · Help people with things. · Keep the facilities which they already have, clean, attractive & well going. · Help deliver newsletters · Have a community garden in the park near the tennis courts. · Having a suggestion box. · Keep out of trouble. 5: WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE ABOUT LIVING IN OTFORD? · Peaceful, scenary & surrounding countryside. Our local school · The pond. · It is a pretty village and most of the people are very friendly. · It's not that busy so I can ride my bike · The community spirit · A good community · Pretty small so you know mostly everyone. · A lot of friendly & helpful people. · It’s a nice friendly village · Low crime rate, good transport links. · Everyone is happy · My friends live in Otford · Friends here. · All of my friends · Lots of friends live in the Otford. Quiet village · I know lots of people in the village. · Table tennis club, nice people, · Easy access to a station. · Easy access to other areas such as London, shopping centres & other areas of Kent · Easy transport to places even though it is in the middle of nowhere. · The Recreation Ground and Hale Lane Rec. Ground. · Not a lot - there's nothing for youth to do. · Nothing - Otford is bad!!! 6: WHAT ELSE WORRIES YOU ABOUT LIVING HERE? · Anti-social behaviour particularly at the station in early evening · The station. · Railway station - dark, unmanned in the evenings. · The station. I have been mugged many times as have people I know - crimes are (not) reported as no point. · CCTV at the Station is often not working. Surrounding areas in darkness – It’s easy for people to deal drugs there. · Train fares too expensive i.e. Travelcard £5.80. · Delayed train services. · No footpath on Shoreham Road. · Pavements get thin sometimes. · Speed of cars. Not enough pavements. · A few local teens are really bad people. There's a lot of chavs and gangs. · Small gangs attempting to throw rocks and bricks at me and get shouted at along the street. · There are a few bad people hanging around. · Unwelcoming people stopping me from where I want to go. · I don't like the groups of kids that hang around near Hale Lane. · People vandalising village property. · The behaviour of certain individuals in The Charne. · Nothing. You shouldn't be worried about things in the place you live! · Prejudiced views towards the young people. · Nothing worries me · I have no worries at the moment. · Nothing worries me as such but there isn't a lot to do with my friends. · Bus service is useless. · No buses. You can’t get anywhere after 5 o’clock · Too many new building developments. Soon it won't be a small village any more. · Going out at night when its dark. (From Main (Adult) Questionnaires) many teenagers attend youth projects or don’t do so because their lives are outside the village. Set up a youth team and “outside” youth project that takes activities to young people rather than making them leave their safe place – contact Sev Area Youth Trust (SAYT) for help. Also – a skate park or hard-surface area would suit trend for “ripsticking” (skateboarding fashion). · Youth clubs are essential for our young people · More youth activities would help too..