Councillors were so impressed by a group of youngsters involved in a project to improve their local park that they invited them to speak at one of their meetings.
The invitation from Kettering Council was made to youngsters from St Andrew’s School due to the impact and success of the Little Ambassadors project in helping design, consult and gain funding for £49,000 worth of improvements to Grafton Street Park.
I think the councillors were impressed with the difference that the children of St Andrew’s have made in their local communityDeputy headteacher Sarah Beach
Inspiring Neighbourhoods, which runs the Little Ambassadors scheme, has worked with Kettering Council and St Andrew’s School to make changes to the school and park, and the project has shown the impact children can have with the right guidance and support.
The Little Ambassadors scheme is designed to help children build life skills and citizenship through involvement in their school and the wider community.
Youngsters from the school were very excited and honoured to be invited to the full council meeting and are still amazed at the impact they have had.
Pupil Stanley said: “When we drive by the park every day I think, I did that, I contributed, and I feel proud.”
When asked what he had learnt from the project, Elijah said: “I learned that little people can make big changes.”
Brenda Easton, director of Inspiring Neighbourhoods, said: “The project encourages pupils to have interactive experience of citizenship through a range of activities and learning methods.
“This takes the classroom out into the community to inform and educate children about the influence they can have to make improvements.
“This invitation shows the real influence the Little Ambassadors have had and will continue to have in the future.
“We as a partnership are all very proud of the children and the recognition that they have received.”
Guy Holloway, head of corporate and cultural services at Kettering Council, said: “Consulting with the local community is an important step when the council considers major refurbishments to parks and play spaces in the borough.
“We are proud to have been involved with the Little Ambassadors project which has helped both with the design of the scheme but also in securing the funding needed to deliver it.”
Sarah Beach, deputy headteacher at St Andrew’s School, said: “The Little Ambassadors were thrilled to present their project to the full council meeting.
“I think the councillors were impressed with the difference that the children of St Andrew’s have made in their local community and I hope they are able to support other schools in Kettering to do the same.”
The Little Ambassadors scheme is part of Inspiring Neighbourhood’s Inspiring Children Programme.
For more information go to www.inspiringneighbourhoods.com.