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Three takeovers in one day!

Our exciting stop by stop mission across London to visit as many takeovers in one day….

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Myself, Greg and Emma spent Takover day on an exciting stop-to-stop mission guided by the @SSCCTY twitter to travel across London (20 STOPS in total!) visiting three of the many organisations across the UK that hosted young people for the Children’s Commissioner’s national event ‘Takeover Day’.

Our first stop was Lift.  We didn’t know what to expect but we were positively taken by surprise as we were met by young people looking and acting the part. The Deputy Young Mayor of Islington council (Shanaz) took on the role of the councils executive member for children and families. She commented that “I feel more confident knowing how to communicate with people my age and adults“. Shanaz

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Emma, Young Trainee, Islington Mayor – Councillor Theresa Debono, Shanaz & Margaret, Young Trainee

On the clock – we wasted no time and got straight into action. Young Trainee Emma had the heat on Jonathan Gibbs from Lift asking him about the Takeover Day experience. He was happy to let us know what the young people at the Lift had been up to and shared his thoughts that at the Lift “We try to expose them [young people] to what it’s like running a business”. Jonathan Gibbs

Young Trainee Emma Asante with Jonathan Gibbs
Young Trainee Emma Asante with Jonathan Gibbs

Next stop for SSCC was the Museum of Brands. Exiting from Westbourne Park Station and getting on through the rain we found ourselves at the fantastic boutique style Museum of Brands. Greeted by the Manager, Laura we were handed over to the young people of Colville School who took us on a “12 Days of Christmas” themed tour of the brands of the past to present.

A student from Colville school leading the tour of Museum of Brands
A student from Colville school leading the tour of Museum of Brands

”What’s current to them [Colville School] should be considered. It’s helped us to redesign and connect better’‘. Laura on Takeover Day

Our final stop for the day was the Electoral Commission Office. We met with Rosie who shared with us what the young people from Haringey Sixth Form Centre that came to the Electoral Commission office had been doing. She was very encouraged by their input and took on a lot of their opinions on the current voting system as initiative to make changes to some of the voting campaigns they are working on.

Staff at the Electoral Commission
Staff at the Electoral Commission

Rosie commented that, Takeover Day encourages “senior members of staff to involve more young people” Rosie Electoral Commission UK for Take Over Day

Damien at Lift
Damien at Lift

 

Takeover Day was a huge success and although we only got to see three out of the many organisations that took place we where able to see, live, what happens when young people are given real responsibility. Takeover Day embodies empowerment, student voice and youth leadership and I encourage more organisations to not only get involved, but to see how they can spread the message so more young people can take part in Takeover Day as it not only benefits the young people, but also the organisations that gain new insight from fresh young minds.

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For more information about Takeover Day please visit the official website by clicking here.


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