Wandle’s ‘Young Inspectors’ carried out their first community visit in June as part of a new youth inclusion project to help young people in south London shape their local neighbourhoods.
Five residents aged from 13 to 25 visited Wandle’s Evan Cook Close and Clarson House schemes in Southwark on Saturday 4 June 2016 to inspect the areas and speak with residents about the running of their community.
They will feed back their findings to Wandle’s neighbourhood team to help ‘youth proof’ the housing association’s policies and ensure they have a say on how it works with young people.
The Young Inspector’s Project, Wandle’s first-ever dedicated young people’s programme, is giving young residents the chance to voice opinions on issues which matter to them.
It is delivering accredited training sessions in Wandsworth to inspire youngsters to make positive decisions about their futures and address the needs of those living in south London.
The sessions, which began in April, are providing advice on negotiating and problem solving, while youngsters are also taking part in scrutiny panels at Wandle’s head office in central London to make sure their views are heard.
Francesca, a Young Inspector, said:
“The Young Inspectors project has been a fantastic experience so far. We’ve learned new skills and gained confidence, and we hope to empower other young people to get their voices heard.”
A total of 20 young people living in Wandle homes will eventually be offered paid roles as part of the project, for which they will receive references for future employment.
Participation People, based in Wandsworth, is running the Young Inspectors Project and delivers award-winning youth inclusion projects to inspire and engage with young people aged eight to 30.
It is passionate about giving every child and young person a voice and is committed to developing their skills and helping them succeed in employment and education.
For more information:
Matthew Solesbury, Communications Officer, Wandle
Tel: 020 8682 7373