Young people take over Cornwall Council

Young people from across Cornwall joined council workers today to practice some real life decision making in public services.

This was part of the annual national Takeover Challenge which sees children joining in at workplaces across the UK.

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At Cornwall Council there were pupils from Truro Prep School who learned about the workings of Cornwall Record Office, helping to prepare for the imminent move to Kresen Kernow by cleaning, wrapping and packaging books.

During the day they also learnt the tour of Cornwall Record Office’s strongrooms, and then delivered the final ever tour to their parents. The strongrooms hold over four miles of records, dating from the 12th century to the present day.

Lily, who is 14 and an aspiring future Member of the UK Youth Parliament, spent the day with Councillor Sally Hawken, working on the Council’s Sugar Smart campaign and a briefing for Councillors on the Autism Strategy.

Councillor Sally Hawken, Portfolio Holder for Children and Wellbeing said: “I have really enjoyed working with Lily today. It is a great opportunity for young people to see behind the scenes at the council, and to learn about the different roles available that they might aspire to when they are older.

“It is also interesting to hear young people’s thoughts and views as well and get their input. It is great that young people have an interest in politics and decision making, as they are the next generation who will help shape our future.

“The aim of the Takeover Challenge is for children to gain a valuable insight and gain experience of a workplace, while organisations benefit from a fresh perspective on their work, and I feel we have all achieved this today.”

In the last two years alone, thousands of children have taken part in the Takeover Challenge – stepping into the shoes of a wide range of adult jobs including everything from MPs, mayors, TV presenters and teachers to chief executives, business leaders and government officials.


Posted on 23 November 2018