On Friday, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake joined other local politicians, including Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey and Paul Scully MP, at the ‘The Big Talk’ in the Quad on St Helier.
This was an event for young people in Sutton designed to allow them to put their concerns about pressing community issues directly to decision-makers and to identify solutions.
The event, organised by the Young Commissioners, inspired conversations between Sutton youth, MPs, Police, civil servants and local Councillors on the issues of homelessness, racism, sexism, LGBTQ, disabilities and young people’s relationship with both religion and social care.
By bringing the community together to talk through these important, local issues, young people were able to build relationships with their representatives, learn about the work that is currently being done in Sutton and find ways to get involved.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"The Big Talk was a great opportunity for me to meet switched-on young people and discuss the challenges they face and possible solutions. It is important that Sutton residents of all ages feel connected and heard by their representatives.
"I was pleased to have so many productive and informative conversations and to hear about the thoughts, concerns and ideas of the youngest generation of Sutton citizens. It was very effective both to listen to what they had to say on so many issues, as well as to share and brainstorm ways in which we can help solve them."