WOLVERHAMPTON teenagers from the charity ‘The Challenge Network’ joined local police officers in July to develop a campaign to raise awareness of depression in young people.
The Network is a registered charity which runs The Challenge programme for young people. The core aim of the programme is to bring together young people from different backgrounds and inspire them to come together to serve their communities through a series of challenges including learning new skills, teamwork, leadership and communication.
A team of eight young people from across Wolverhampton joined officers on over the course of two days to discuss their campaign ideas. They then pitched their ideas to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel which included LPU Superintendent Jan Thomas-West.
The panel listened to the group’s ideas, answered questions and offered advice to help the team progress with their campaign.
Superintendent Jan Thomas-West said: “I was very impressed with the commitment and effort of the young people involved in the scheme.
“The Challenge is very important as it helps young people connect with each other and with fellow members of our community to help inspire and strengthen their communities. The scheme also helps them to build confidence and develops life skills that will assist them as they move towards adulthood.”
The Challenge Network’s mission is to inspire people across Britainto strengthen their communities – visit their website at www.the-challange.org to find out more or to get involved.