Yesterday afternoon, I went to an inspiring event organised by The Challenge, who helped to deliver this year’s National Citizen Service programme (a voluntary eight-week summer programme for 16 year-olds introduced by the coalition Government) in Croydon and other parts of the country over the summer.
Today, 50 graduates of that programme came together for Big Challenge Day. During the day, they took part in a number of workshops held at Croydon Clocktower, including a circus skills class and a drama workshop where they had the opportunity to use drama to explore the aftermath of the riots; they made lanterns from recycled materials; and they cleaned up College Green and planted flower beds to improve the appearance of the area.
I spoke to them at the end of the day. It’s great to see young people giving up half their weekend to learn new skills, meet people from different backgrounds and give something back to their community.