Wandle residents aged 13 to 25 are getting their voices heard this Spring as part of a new youth inclusion project to help young people in south London shape their local communities.
The Young Inspectors Project, run by youth inclusion specialists Participation People, is giving young Wandle residents the chance to get involved in the running of their neighbourhood and voice opinions on issues which matter to them.
The project, Wandle’s first ever young people’s programme, will deliver accredited training sessions in Wandsworth to inspire youngsters to make positive decisions about their futures and address the needs of those living in their area.
The weekly sessions, which began in April, have so far provided advice on negotiating and problem solving, while youngsters have also taken part in scrutiny panels at Wandle’s head office in central London to make sure their views are valued.
A total of 20 young people living in Wandle homes will later be offered paid roles to plan local events for other young residents, conduct estate inspections, ‘youth proof’ Wandle’s policies and have a say on how it works with young people.
Those working in the roles will be paid the London Living Wage for weekly three-hour shifts, for which they will receive references for future employment.
Nathan Liburd, Community Investment Officer at Wandle, said:
“The first sessions of the Young Inspectors Project have been truly inspiring and it’s fantastic to see so many talented young people who are passionate about their futures and local communities.”
Josh, who attended the first Young Inspectors session, said:
“The first session couldn’t have gone any better. We built so many ideas and views.”
Shanker, who also attended, said:
“It was great fun and I made a lot of new friends. I can’t wait for the future.”
Participation People, based in Wandsworth, 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