Doing something which is fun, free and fabulous

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Half-term was great with plenty of opportunities for us young people.

From Halloween parties through to spectacular firework displays, there was certainly a lot going on.

When speaking to other young people about how they enjoyed the opportunities on offer, they were thrilled to know that a lot of what was going on was free.

As young people living in Portsmouth, we understand the difficulties of getting a job and earning money so we can go out and enjoy ourselves with our friends.

Therefore, we always accept every chance to do something fun, free and fabulous.

If local organisations can put on such fantastic events during the half-term breaks, why can’t they arrange interesting and entertaining things more often?

I understand there have been many spending cuts and organisers have to overcome lots of obstacles. But community events really do bring young people together.

Recently, as part of my youth representation work, I found that young people would appreciate having more free community events to get involved with.

So let’s not allow things to stand in our way when we want to arrange events.

Together we can encourage organisers to put on more free events. They will soon see how rewarding it can be and they will know they are playing a part in bringing about a change.