Putting the focus on youth of today: first Bournemouth 2026 Trust meeting a “turning point" (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Putting the focus on youth of today: first Bournemouth 2026 Trust meeting a “turning point"
SCHEMES to recognise the efforts of young volunteers and encourage enterprising young people were among those discussed at the Bournemouth 2026 Trust’s first annual conference.
The meeting, held at the Goldsands Stadium yesterday, was described as a “turning point” for the trust by council leader John Beesley, who added: “At previous events we have been talking about setting the agenda.
“We are getting to the next stage, the early delivery and development of these things.”
Cllr Beesley spoke about regeneration efforts in Boscombe, including cracking down on rogue landlords and encouraging the building of housing for first-time buyers.
Speaking at the conference he said: “This is a really heartening moment. There is a great sense of enthusiasm here I have not seen at previous 2026 events and we should build on it.
“Much of the work the trust is doing is in areas where the council has had difficulty engaging properly on the ground.”
Bournemouth 2026 chairman Bob Boulton said it was an opportunity to reflect on what the trust has achieved since it was reformed as a charity last year.
“It has been a challenging year dealing with the transformation, but there are advantages to being a corporate body,” he said.
“We no longer have to rely on the council to do things which we are passionate about. People often ask what the trust is doing, but we are an enabling organisation.
“We are creating the conditions so that the people who need to make a difference can.
“If people can see Boscombe Regeneration Partnership making a difference in their area, they don’t need to know we are involved.”
Delegates heard about the Bournemouth Young Volunteers Awards, launched this summer, as well as the new Shore Ideas scheme, which will provide small loans to young people to help kick start their business ideas or events.
“There has been a focus on young people and enterprise at this meeting,” added Mr Boulton.
“It is a good opportunity for people from lots of different organisations to get involved and share their ideas, and for us to critically review what we are doing.”
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