Young people’s Love Staying Safe campaign goes citywide

Hull’s Young Mayor, Gabriela Surdyk, has launched Love Staying Safe, a campaign aimed at providing young people with practical tips and advice to stay safe on the streets.

The campaign follows on from Staying Safe Online earlier this year, helping young people to ensure they protect themselves online.

Love Staying safe campaign.
The young people’s Love Staying Safe campaign. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments.

Gabriela has worked with 20 other young safety campaigners, aged 12 to 18 from different schools across the city, who helped develop a poster campaign with clear messages that they identified would help young people stay safe.

Gabriela said; “Whether it’s during a pandemic or at any time, it’s important that young people know how to look after themselves and others. We want to provide tips for young people such as keeping your phone charged, walking in well-lit routes, ensuring other people know where you are and keeping earphone volume low when walking about. 

“I hope the posters that will be around the city act as a reminder to young people of these simple ways to help keep themselves safe.”

Posters displaying safety messages can be seen across Hull, as well as across social media. The campaign has been funded following a bid to the Safer Hull Partnership and supported by the council’s Voice and Influence team. It was initially due to launch in March when the government announced lockdown, so the young campaigners decided to develop Love Staying Safe Online  and delay the launch of Love Staying Safe on the streets.

Love Staying Safe campaign poster.
Love Staying Safe campaign poster. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments.

Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children said: “November has a focus on young people having a say on issues that are important to them, with Make Your Mark providing young people a chance to vote on issues affecting them throughout November. Hull’s Young Mayor, Gabriela, is working hard to achieve what she set out in her manifesto – to help young people feel safe online, outside and around people.”

To find out more about the work of the Young Mayor or find out how to get involved visit Hull Young Peoples’ Voice on Facebook, @hull_voice on Twitter, or email the Voice and Influence team at voiceandinfluence@hullcc.gov.uk.

[Anna Pilgrim – Hull City Council]