Newham Council plan to use social media to get youth off streets
Newham Council plan to launch an online social media campaign to get disaffected youth off the streets.
A report entitled “Engaging the Disengaged” by the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission, chaired by Cllr Freda Bourne, was set up to address concerns such as gang activity, support to young victims of crime, employment and training opportunities, absence rates, substance misuse, and the availability of activities and community events.
Presented to the council on July 2 at Newham Town Hall, the Commission said the council “provide a wide but different range of options for young people to participate in” but it was “concerned about the inadequate advertising of these offers for young people.”
Recommendations in the report included an online youth forum on an upcoming Youth Offer section of the Newham Council website while Communications and ICT may commission a web app for Apple and Android smartphones.
Social media is another medium the council may develop to reach disaffected youth, utilising Facebook, Twitter, and Blackberry Messenger - apparently the most popular form of instant messaging in Newham - as well as listings in the fortnightly Newham Mag to advertise council-funded and non-council funded youth programmes.
You may also want to watch:
Youth Offer, at the web address www.newham.gov.uk/youthzones, is due to appear on a revised, re-launched Newham Council website in March and research will be carried out into how young people interact with the council’s presence online.
The communications team have also drafted a social media strategy and are currently trialling Facebook and Twitter.
- 1 New developments given the green light in Newham so far this year
- 2 Steward admits lanyard theft ahead of Euro 2020 final
- 3 Woodford Green and Forest Gate residents criticise councils over flooding
- 4 Inquest: Newham driver died of 'misadventure' after Redbridge police chase
- 5 East London travel disruption round-up for the week ahead
- 6 Grade II-listed building to become creative hub with £250k refurb
- 7 Engineering student wins place at Princeton University
- 8 Barts Trust ends major incident but situation 'critical' at Whipps Cross
- 9 Forest Gate flats bid gets green light despite neighbours' objections
- 10 Win a pair of Carabao Cup tickets to Leyton Orient vs Queens Park Rangers