As the CEO of Voyage I attended a symposium in the House of Lords on Tuesday 10th October 2017 to celebrate the impact and progress of the Police and young people round table series taking place in 10 London Boroughs.

The Symposium was a great chance to hear about the work of the Tutu Foundation in partnership with Youth Futures and Voyage who joined forces to connect young people to the project from across London. Chaired by Rt Hon Lord Mcnally, Angela Herbert MBE opened the symposium with a thought-provoking resume of factors exploring resilience, leading with authority and developing supportive structures to ensure young people speak truth to power responsibly and sustainably. Other contributions came from the Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Sir Hugh Orde, Rt Hon Tim Loughton, Patrick Williams (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Joseph Duncan from Youth Futures.

It was moving to hear the stories of the young people who are leading the process recruiting, training and facilitating these roundtables. It was humbling to hear how this work has began to uncover some of the tensions in local communities and how the austerity cuts act as a fuel deepening local divisions. What was powerful was seeing young people in action and being motivated sharing their stories with the Police and other young people whilst demonstrating their belief in the power of change, transformation and young people taking a lead.

The symposium ended with young people awarded certificates acknowledging their amazing contribution to the project. A massive note of  thanks go out to our amazing young leaders Kheron, Timmon, Blair, Ajoa, Esther and Gideon for being exemplary at all times and encouraging their peers to do the same.

More information about the project can be found here..

A big thanks to Alex Zalewska for her great photography skills.