Thursday, 03 October 2013

Social Action September

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Young people spent their September weekends volunteering and carrying out community campaigns as part of National Citizen Service. Over 4,000 social action projects have been carried out in partnership with over 2,000 community organisations across London, Surrey, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. 

Social action projects are a great way for young people to meet and build relationships with people from different backgrounds. They also enable young people to take positive action on a local issue that they feel passionate about.

Many campaigns managed to secure support from local MPs or Council members and a team of young people from Blackburn have submitted their ‘Parks4Disabled’ campaign to Darwen Council, calling for more play equipment and improved facilities for disabled people in local parks. The campaign aims to mandate local councils to buy disability friendly equipment when spending funds on parks and public spaces. Over 300 people signed their petition and their campaign is being backed by BBC Radio Lancashire and local Mayor, Councillor Salim Mulla.  

Hannah Murphy, 16, is a member of the ‘Parks4Disabled’ campaign team. She said, “We were inspired to do this campaign following a visit to the East Lancashire Deaf Blind Club as part of National Citizen Service. We heard stories about families who had to travel miles to find a suitable park and were shocked to find that even the newly refurbished Witton Park has no disability friendly facilities and poor access in its play park. We plan to get local business to donate funds that will go towards buying new equipment for local parks.”

Thank you to all of our partners who have supported the social action weekends. 

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