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Young people takeover Rutland County Council services

Young people from Catmose College have taken over Rutland County Council by going behind the scenes to lead key projects and services for a day.

A total of five pupils aged 11 to 14 from Catmose were invited to the council’s offices in Oakham as part of the Takeover Challenge 2018. Takeover Challenge is run by the Children’s Commissioner for England and puts young people into adult roles within decision-making organisations.


The aim of the project is to give children and young people an insight into the world of work while allowing organisations to hear their views and benefit from fresh ideas. This year participants helped the council to develop a new young person’s panel for the Rutland Library Service.

Coun Richard Foster is the portfolio holder for children and young people at Rutland County Council and said: “We want to encourage more young people in Rutland to get involved in decision making and the Takeover Challenge is a great opportunity to do this – giving young people a real sense of empowerment and an insight into the world of employment.

“At the same time, we benefit from the new perspectives that the young people bring. Additionally, the project provides us with a fantastic insight into how we can develop our youth services for the core users.

“This year’s Takeover Challenge was a great success and we’ve had some brilliant feedback from the young people involved. On behalf of the council, I want to thank all participants, who were extremely professional and hardworking.”

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