Young people invited to run town hall
Published: Thursday 26th September 13
The borough’s young people are being given a chance to take over the reigns of power at the town hall for a day.
Takeover Day on November 22 is a national event organised by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision making.
In Wandsworth, the day is run by the Wandsworth Youth Council (pictured). In previous years the borough’s youngsters have had the chance to shadow senior councillors and officers and inspect council facilities such as playgrounds.
So far the leader of the council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, the chief executive Paul Martin, the director of children’s services, Paul Robinson, and the deputy director of public health, Velena Gilfillian, have agreed to take part. In total across the borough 35 young people will be shadowing 35 decision makers in the council, NHS and police.
The event builds on the work being carried out in Wandsworth to engage young people in decision making and help them reach their full potential.
The Youth Council has helped develop the council’s Youth Strategy, and has received awards for its innovative work, including the 2012 Youth Momentum Conference, which gave more than 180 young people a chance to question local decision-makers, and Youth Think Tank, set up to improve relations between young people and the police.
The council’s spokesman for children’s services, Cllr Kathy Tracey, said:
“I’ve always been hugely impressed with the contribution of the young people that have taken part in previous Takeover Days. It’s a great chance for them to get involved in the issues that affect them and learn new skills. In return the council gets a chance to see things through a fresh pair of eyes and really understand how the decisions we make impact on the lives of our younger citizens.”