How does a Local Authority inspire young people and local families to get involved in statutory consultation? A programme of school building refurbishment took place in 2010. I engaged residents by asking them: ‘What Makes a Good School?’ – and by using some flair and imagination in the process! Working for the London Borough of Croydon & Royal Borough of Kingston’s education investment programme, we staged a consultation with a difference, using talking walls, video interviews and a life size robot to attract the crowds and encourage families to participate.
Getting young people to talk can be a challenge, especially for government organisations, however, I found it incredible fun! We approached the subject with a strong conviction that young people will naturally talk if they felt genuinely heard, so we went the extra mile to show them we were being listened to. We offered them a spotlight to share their ideas using professionally managed story telling and video diary rooms to capture their imaginations and build support from their peers.