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Young people take over at Matthew Project

MPYouthTeamLogo289Young people will be taking over control of the Norwich-based Matthew Project’s Under18 Service and Youth Team on Friday November 22.

The takeover is being organised as part of activities on the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2013, a national event led by The Children’s Commissioner for England which gives children and young people the chance to shadow jobs, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.
The Matthew Project Under18 Service and Youth Team work within schools, youth clubs, professional and community settings providing education, training, information and one to one support around the subjects of drugs, alcohol and smoking.
Naomi Selim, U18 Services Manager said: “ This is the second year in which The Matthew Project has participated in National Takeover Day and we are very excited to have pupils from The Clare School in Norwich ‘taking over’ this year. As an organisation, The Matthew Project wants to ensure services are accessible to all young people across Norfolk. As part of Takeover Day 2013 the students are going to be helping us come up with new ideas and activities to make access easier for all.
“The students will be in charge of organisation, design and production of a new resource which will enable more young people easy access to The Matthew Project. The young people involved are members of the school’s ‘Pupil Voice’ (formerly known as the school council) and were chosen as a reward for their hard work so far this year,” said Naomi.
Paul Spinks, 13, Chairperson for Pupil Voice said: "I think it will be quite exciting being the boss and quite fun."
Naomi added: “We are very grateful for the support of Lisa Henman, staff and students at The Clare School in the implementation of this day.”

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