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Young people to voice ideas on how to make Cambridge better on Takeover Day

News release from 20/11/2018

SECONDARY school students will put forward their ideas on how they think Cambridge can be a better place at this year’s Takeover Day on Friday 23 November.

Takeover Day is an annual event hosted by Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS). This year young people from four secondary schools will be invited to share their ideas and potential solutions to some of the challenges facing the city.

Cllr Nigel Gawthrope, Mayor of Cambridge, will open proceedings at the Guildhall with a speech to the students to get them ready to go.

They will then take part in a number of activities and workshops focusing on topics including transport and safety, discussing some of the issues that they face and their suggestions on how to address them.

The young people will also have the opportunity to take part in a debate, learning new skills that will help them to become more confident speakers.

Discussion will also include their thoughts on the content of next year’s Cambridge Science Festival and how even more young people can get involved.

During the afternoon a panel including councillors, council officers and guests will listen to the young people’s feedback from the morning’s activities and suggest ways in which they might be able to help their ideas become reality.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “If we are serious about making our city the best that it can be, then we need to listen to everyone who lives here. That includes our children and young people.

“Takeover Day is one great way of making sure we can listen to their ideas. Previous similar events have always resulted in excellent suggestions. I am looking forward to meeting the young people and hearing what they have to say.”

Students from Trumpington Community College, St Bede’s Inter-Church School, North Cambridge Academy and The Netherhall School will take part in Takeover Day at the Guildhall on Friday 23 November.

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