Havant Youth Conference hailed a success

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MORE than 70 students from the nine secondary schools in the Havant borough attended a Youth Conference.

The event, set up by Havant Borough Council, included interactive sessions with Southern Domestic Abuse Service and Havant & East Hants Mind – a local mental health charity).

Guest speakers Joe Wells, an author and comedian, and a representative from National Citizen Service delivered speeches before students took part in a question and 
answer session with councillors.

Councillor Leah Turner, cabinet lead for communities and housing, said: ‘The third Havant Youth Conference was a great success.

‘The young people held their councillors to account during the question session which I really enjoyed.

‘I am sure we have some future councillors among them, if not a future MP.’

An introduction to voting exercise also took place involving three charities giving presentations on the work they do.

The young people voted to decide which should get a £2,500 grant from the council.

Music Fusion was awarded the most votes and received the grant. Beat the Bullies was awarded £1,000 and Motiv8 £500.