Young people take over

Published: Wednesday 24th November 10

Students at Burntwood School took over the reins from council workers and carried out playground inspections recently as part of Takeover Day.

Burntwood pupils carrying out an inspection in a playgroundTakeover Day is a national event that gives youngsters the chance to work alongside adults and take part in decision-making. In return, the adults get a fresh pair of eyes.

The council invited the Burntwood students to help inspectors check the borough's play facilities and give feedback.

In addition children from West Hill School went along to the Fayland One O'clock Children's Centre, where they met cabinet member for education and children's services, Cllr Kathy Tracey. There they helped run a discussion group for parents and assisted with a Diwali workshop.

"I was hugely impressed with the students' contribution," said Cllr Tracey.

"This shows that young people can make a real contribution to society and should be encouraged to get more involved in issues that affect them."

Find out more about Wandsworth's play spaces and other facilities for children and young people at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/fis.

The council's website contains all current and past press releases dating back to February 2000

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