Your space your say exhibition

Young people presented their views on leisure opportunities in Swindon

October 13, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Your Space Your Say exhibition which took place on 21/09/17 at the STEAM. It was great to welcome so many of you to the event to hear what the young people found out through their creative outputs.

Young people from various organisations took part in a PHD research project funded by the Department for Health at the University of Bath. Annaleise Depper undertook the project to listen to young people views about leisure and open spaces through creative, visual methods. The focus on health, leisure and wellbeing comes at a time when recent reports show that the majority of children and young people, aged between five and 15, fail to achieve recommended levels of physical activity in Swindon.

The aim of the exhibition was to generate creative ways of engaging with young people, while exploring ways to incorporate their views into physical activity and health strategies. The findings of the research will be shared locally with policy makers and practitioners around health and community wellbeing. Attached is the summary report that was handed out at the exhibition.

One of the key findings from the project was that young people would like more opportunities for informal and non-traditional leisure activities, such as ice skating, trampoline parks, outdoor and indoor skate parks and outdoor adventure parks.

The young people surveyed also said that many activities outside of school are not always accessible due to a range of structural, cultural and social inequalities that they have to negotiate in their everyday lives.

Members of the public saw for themselves what the young people think about leisure and space. The exhibition featured creative displays, talks, and a series of short films. The Mayor of Swindon Cllr Maureen Penny presented certificates to the young people who took part.

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