Pupils give their views

PACT meeting
PACT meeting

Youngsters had their say on how their communities should be run in South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Upton.

Pupils have formed their own Junior Police and Communities Together (PACT) group and held their first meeting at Minsthorpe Community College on Friday.

A-level student Emilie Marsh was recently appointed deputy member of the Youth Parliament for south east Wakefield and is keen to use the meetings to implement some of her ideas for the area.

Emilie, 17, said: “By getting involved it shows that our generation does care. Sometimes all young people are tarred with the same brush but there are plenty of us who want to get involved, change things and lead on those changes.

“We want to improve the student voice in schools and show them that there are ways to turn their ideas into reality. Hopefully more young people will emerge and want to get involved in different groups and projects to change their local areas.”

The initiative will complement the existing PACT meetings between police, Wakefield and District Housing and residents to try and make the community safer.

It was run with the help of Safer Schools Partnership Officer PC Simon Newton and WDH.

Inspector Jackie Turton from the south east neighbourhood policing team said: “It is great to see young people taking an interest in their local community and to try and see if they can make a difference to the perceptions of young people and their behaviour. I hope everyone will give them their support.”

Another Junior PACT meeting is due to take place in Hemsworth in the future.