Published: Thursday, 15th November 2018
There is still time for young people who live in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to sign up and take over the Council for the day on Wednesday 28 November 2018.
As part of Takeover Challenge young people aged between 13 to 18 or up to 25 years of age, if they are a care leaver or have special educational needs, will have the opportunity to ‘takeover' key roles, they may even find themselves as Leader of the Council.
Councillor David Gardner, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Schools said: "This is the third year running that the Royal Borough of Greenwich is opening its doors and welcoming young people into the Council. We want to hear their ideas and opinions and they will have the opportunity to influence decision-making at the highest levels."
Last year thirty pupils took up roles in a variety of Council departments ranging from Film and Photography to Children's Services to HR and Finance based on their interests and ambitions. The day began with the young people meeting a senior member of staff from their chosen department at Woolwich Town Hall. They then spent the day making key decisions and attending meetings to give them an insight into the working world, while staff gained a fresh perspective on their work.
Takeover Challenge is a national initiative led by the Children's Commissioner for England. It gives children and young people the opportunity to work with adults and get involved in decision-making.
Young people benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard. Adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do and how it affects young people.