The Young Citizen Action Group (YCAG) will be launching in a few weeks, after February Half-Term. It will begin by involving students from Riverside School who are passionate about their local area and want to be a part of the change that is taking place locally and have their say over how their neighbourhoods are shaped. The project is particularly interested in hearing from and working with young people as the ward has a particularly young age profile and what better way to find out what it is like to be a young person living in the area than to engage directly with them in a positive and proactive way.

Students will lead the way in identifying issues; taking action; giving back to their community all while developing skills along the way. The emphasis is on student-led activities to tackle local issues, e.g. the lack of accessible green spaces, litter and fly-tipping, and a lack of wider awareness of local events among the community.

The YCAG will meet weekly after school to discuss their views on and experiences of the area and how they can directly affect positive change.

Final activities are still to be confirmed and this will be done in consultation with students but will likely include activities such as community gardening, litter picking, cleaner environment campaigns and bulb planting alongside other ideas from young people themselves.

The work of the YCAG will be showcased here on our website and across our social media profiles so WATCH THIS SPACE!