Kiddie coup at Southwark Council

By Vanessa Kortekaas

takeover-day2Southwark kids are taking control of the council for a day, as part of the ‘11 Million Takeover Day Campaign’ aimed at empowering young people.

Seven children from the Junior Street Leaders are targeting ‘enviro-crimes’ alongside senior members of the council’s environment and housing department.

They will conduct a visual audit of the borough and report their findings to the council’s Chief Executive Annie Shepperd over lunch today.

“The inclusion of young people is part and parcel of what we do everyday, we’re combining this with the national campaign,” said Lorraine Hutchings, Communications Manager from the Safer Southwark Partnership.

Daniel Mazliah from the council said: “We’re totally committed to helping young people get involved in the community so they take pride in where they live.”

Today marks the second ‘11 Million Takeover Day’,  involving 10,000 children who are taking over 500 organizations nationwide, including schools, police forces, charities, and local authorities.

(Photo credit: hullcc.gov.uk)

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