Watch young people Take Over Wandsworth

Published: Thursday, December 23, 2021

Wandsworth Council took part in its eighth annual Take Over Challenge this year, and videos of how the young people got on are now available to view online.

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In the video above Cllr Will Sweet introduces the challenges and visits young people 'taking over' Battersea Power Station.

Take Over Challenge is a national event created by the Children’s Commissioner for England. Local authorities and other organisations across the country invite young people to ‘take over’ the roles of senior leaders.

This year, instead of the usual one-day event, Wandsworth took on board feedback from young people and professionals from previous years to make the Take Over Challenge more inclusive and accessible for everyone.  

The Take Over Challenge at Nightingale Community Academy

The council ran multiple workshops across five days in eight different venues across Wandsworth. These included special schools, the youth offending office, Wandsworth Town Hall, youth clubs, the Lifelong Learning Centre and Battersea Power Station.

Sixty young people and 15 senior leaders and other staff took part in 30 different workshops across the week. These included

  • How to engage more young people in education, employment and training opportunities
  • How to strengthen young people's voices within youth offending and across SEND support
  • Exploring our finance processes across Children's Services
  • How to best communicate with young people & promote our youth clubs and programmes
  • How to work together to make Wandsworth the very best place for children and young people to grow up

Elays Network took part in the challenge

Feedback included:

“I’m excited to take part in future projects and get involved with everything”  -  Fareeha, 15, Putney

“It was really nice to get a space where you could share your ideas and really feel heard” - Shauna 15, Tooting

“I found it fun and really interactive. I made some friends too” -   Safiah, 14 Tooting

Cabinet member for education and children’s services Cllr Will Sweet said: “This year’s Take Over Challenge was ambitious, but it worked brilliantly. Young people really engaged with it, and the adults that took part got a fresh perspective on their work.

“We want to continue to have these conversations and have more events planned for 2022.  Young people are the future of our borough and they enable us to get a real insight into their views.”