Takeover Day

The Takeover Challenge gives young people, like you, experience of running an organisation.

2015 was our biggest event yet, with over 200 young people applying to take part. Seventy-five young people spent the day learning about the County Council and helping to run our services.  They debated important local issues with councillors, ran exhibits and events at our museums and maintained our fire appliances.

Elsewhere in Norfolk, young people ran Parkside Complex Needs School for the day, wrote articles for local newspapers, produced radio and TV shows, planned careers events, shadowed MPs and even helped the Director of Conservation at Banham Zoo with his weekly inspection of the zoo.

One young person involved summarised their day by saying: “Takeover Day was an excellent experience.  So much better than work experience you might do in school, because you actually get involved with some of the decision making and feel like you are much more involved with the organisation.”

It’s fun for the adults involved too: “I enjoyed the chance to share my love of my job with a range of young people.  I hope I was able to inspire them.  It helped us to see what we really can offer children.”

The Children’s Commissioner for England loved what we did in Norfolk and awarded us a gold commendation.  Keep up-to-date with developments on our Twitter account @TakeoverDayNfk

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