Chase win the Local Democracy Day EventPosted on 16/10/2017
The Malvern District Council ran the second Local Democracy Day during Local Democracy Week. The Chase attended the event at The Chantry with two groups of students 11-13 and 14+. The 14+ group were asked to design a political party and their Manifesto as part of the competition element. Callum Shipp, Ashley Radnor, Megan Bradley , Daisy Kearley and Elizabeth Streeter joined together to formulate the ‘Supporting The People Party’ (The STP). They carefully read literature relating to the issues that Malvern faces and proposed solutions to these. The group presented phenomenally and used statistics and unique ideas to tackle the issues. The Councillors were most impressed and against the other four local schools (Hanley, Dysons, Tenbury and Chantry), the Chase emerged triumphant! They have now been asked to attend the next full local Council meeting in the Council Chamber to present their party and their ideas. The Councillors also liked the use of children and young people to tackle the problem of elderly loneliness that 1,200 OAPs suffer, so much so that they are now incorporating this in to their next five year plan.
Our younger year group also did well at planning a new town with innovative and thoughtful plans to keep the youth in Malvern. Other tasks included Councillor speed dating, whereby students interviewed Councillors and pressed them on their political standings and a council budget task. This task was extremely challenging. Students were asked to carry out the very real problem that the Council is facing – saving £1.53 million that will be lost from central funding. The task made students think in detail about what matters to them and what matters to their community. It was a really tough task but one they managed eventually.
A thoroughly enjoyable and insightful day into the role of the Malvern District Council.