Negative Perceptions

 

Issue

Perceptions of people
IMG_0401 Both positive and negative perceptions of people in the local area came up. One of the main issues was a lack of understanding between generations, which resulted in stereotypical views of young and old developing. This then affected perceptions of how individuals or groups of young people used parks or other facilities.

There were also concerns with misperceptions arising out of different categories such as race, culture, nationality, appearance, dis/ability, sexuality and gender and the actual consequences of these misperceptions (see the health section).

Young people thought it was important for them to be positive role models for younger generations.

Perceptions of the area
While young people had genuine concerns around issues of safety and security (see the Environment section), both the consultation and the workshops showed that young people also had stereotypes and prejudices about specific areas. This was usually towards an area that they didn’t come from (so towards the Knoll for Hangleton young people, or vice versa) or towards the whole area for young people from outside. In general, there were greater misperceptions about Knoll as an area than Hangleton. Media,203737,en

Young people in the media
The perception of young people in the media is negative. There is very little representation of positive things that young people do and instead a focus on a wide variety of negative events, such as the riots in 2011, or issues such as youth on youth violence, for example gang crime. This happens on both a local and national level.

Actions

There should be more events in Hangleton and Knoll which bring the community together from different backgrounds, ages and cultures. Intergenerational and intercultural events should give young people the opportunity to come and get involved and to experiment with different foods and clothing from different countries.

Tea Dance-St Richards-111310_0103 compressed We need to let young people know that they are positive things going on in the community. For example, getting in touch with the local press to report what happens in the community, and to create new projects such as ‘Charity of the Week Project’. The Hangleton and Knoll Project should do more regular presentations in schools to advertise our project and what is going on in the community. In addition, young people’s achievements should be promoted in the local newsletters to show the community what young people are getting up to and how other young people can get involved.

Young people would like to hear from other young people rather than hearing from adults because it can get boring listening to adults.