After the riots: The truth about youth

A year on from the riots that swept across several English cities, the Co-operative Foundation — along with its seven charity partners — hosted a festival in seven...

A year on from the riots that swept across several English cities, the Co-operative Foundation — along with its seven charity partners — hosted a festival in seven UK cities to prove that local young people are a force for good.

Young people marked the anniversary of the riots by taking over London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow in a positive way.

The young people involved in the Foundation’s Truth about Youth programme, created by the Co-operative Group, aimed to erase the bad memories and negative stereotypes which followed the riots with a ‘One Day’ event featuring a huge range of activities including live drama, music, dance and stalls to show off the talent and skills of young people.

Kashif Mehboob was a driving force behind the ‘One Day’ festival and is confident the festivities will challenge prejudice against young people in Birmingham. He explained: “We organised the One Day event on the anniversary of last summer’s riots to try and reverse the negative stereotypes that have been associated with young people since the riots.

"By joining together all seven Truth about Youth projects across the UK with a simultaneous event, we will hopefully have a louder voice and our campaign for a more tolerant society of young people will be heard.”

Michael Fairclough, the Co-operative Group’s Head of Community and Co-operative Investment, said: “One Day was the product of months of hard work from seven dedicated young people from seven parts of the UK.

“It was the first time we have joined together all our Truth about Youth projects in one co-ordinated national activity which was run simultaneously on One Day.

“The project was created by our Truth about Youth Young Advisory Panel, who have led this project from the beginning, and serves as a fantastic example of the dedication and inspiration shown by the hundreds of young people who were involved on the day.” 

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