More than 100 young people from across Rotherham came together at an event to share their experiences of being a young person in Rotherham. The Different But Equal event, held at the Carlton Park Hotel, gave young people the opportunity to meet Ian Thomas, RMBC Strategic Director of Children’s Services, explore the services that are available to them in the borough, have a say on what’s going well, what could be better and feed in where they thought the gaps were.
The event, funded by Barnardo’s and organised by the Different but Equal Board, a group of young people from diverse backgrounds, with support from the Children, Young People and Families Consortium, also saw young people enjoying lots of fun activities including African drumming, sports run by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and beauty/nail art provided by Rotherham College.
Teresa Brocklehurst, Strategic Co-ordinator for the Children, Young People and Families Consortium said: ‘It’s been such an honour to work with such a diverse group of young people to plan and execute the event, the Different but Equal Board are all so passionate about Rotherham, the services available to them and getting their voices heard.
“This event was just the start; all the views expressed today will feed into plans for Rotherham becoming a child/young person friendly borough, feedback will be provided to services and the Board are determined to ensure the voice of children and young people is heard where it needs to be. In their words “If it’s about us don’t do it without us.”