Over 80 young people attend Sutton Youth Summit 2023

The Sutton Youth Summit, held on Thursday 16th November 2023, was a resounding success, drawing over 80 young people and 20 adults from the community.

Sutton Youth Summit Ruth Dombey Young CommissionersThe event, hosted at the St Nicholas Centre, provided a dynamic platform for engaging discussions, community involvement, and valuable interactions. 

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(Pictured right, Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, and the Young Commissioners)

The summit featured an impressive lineup of organisations committed to young people’s well-being and development as well as information and support on the cost-of-living crisis.

Attendees had the opportunity to engage directly with organisations such as the Sutton Metropolitan Police Service Youth Engagement & Diversion Team, Sutton Women's Centre, Stop Hate UK, Gloves Not Gunz, Time Out Youth Project, Sutton Council, People Arise Now, Kooth UK, Cranston Here4YOUth, Sutton Community Works, Volunteer Centre Sutton, Carshalton College, ASK Amazing Apprenticeships, Sutton Carers Centre, Sutton School Nursing team, Sutton Family Hubs and Sutton Healthwatch. 

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The Young Commissioners facilitated the event providing support to all aspects of the event, from registering attendees to helping on the refreshments table, to surveying young people on the cost-of-living crisis and of course the all-important role of encouraging attendees to make use of the photobooth! 

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Thanks to the generosity of local businesses who contributed donations for a free prize draw including two laptops from LexisNexis UK, vouchers from Nando's, gift sets from Boots UK, the latest Young Adult fiction set from Waterstones Sutton, and a one-month wellness voucher from Oru Space. 

Adding to the vibrant atmosphere, the summit featured various enjoyable activities. Attendees were treated to pizza and cupcakes. The inclusion of a limbo activity provided a lighthearted and entertaining element to the event, fostering a positive and inclusive atmosphere. A photobooth added a touch of fun, allowing attendees to capture memorable moments and further contribute to the event's overall vibrancy. All young people who attended received a ‘goody bag’ stuffed with useful information and items as well as a few treats! 

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Sutton Youth Summit 2023 played a crucial role in building a connected and empowered community, providing a platform for the youth to interact, learn, and thrive. The success of the summit reflects the commitment of both organisers, exhibitors, and attendees to fostering a stronger and more vibrant local community. 

Young people's survey on the cost of living crisis

We are working with Sutton Council to find how the cost of living crisis has affected young people in Sutton. This survey has been created by young people for young people. The information gathered will help professionals to target help and support for young people and their families. 

Take our survey

*Download the results of the cost of living survey here.*

Thank you to Peter Struik for being our official event photographer!

If you would like to know more about Volunteer Centre Sutton's Youth Engagement work, please contact Natasha Blok at natashablok@vcsutton.org.uk