A group of three Year 8 pupils from Turves Green Girls’ School have won Birmingham Civic Society’s Next Generation Awards scheme for 2018.    

The award scheme is an assessed project-based programme for 11-14 year-olds. It is an inclusive project which is great for developing pupils’ skills in team-working, ICT, presentation, creative writing and problem solving, and to help the pupils in Birmingham to become active citizens that contribute positively to future of our city.

At Turves Green Girls’ School, we ran the project across the whole of current Year 8 with many groups coming up with fantastic ideas for projects that could make a difference to both pupils at our school and beyond in the community.

The winning group from our school were ‘Elderly Explore’, who wanted to run events for local elderly residents to help prevent loneliness and social isolation.

Their idea involved running various activities every month after school for these residents including sing-a-longs, games and a tea dance.

At the heart of the project was the idea of removing the barriers that exist between young and older people.

A Tea Dance was organised on Wednesday 3rd October at our school to see if the project could work and it was a great success with pupils from Turves Green Primary School and over 20 older local residents joining pupils from our school in singing, dancing and eating some lovely food!

It was wonderful to see the community coming together, as you can see from the pictures below:

With the successful Tea Dance giving them further confidence in their idea, the ‘Elderly Explore’ group did a fantastic presentation in the semi-finals which saw them beating off competition from 15 schools to get to the final on Thursday 11th October at Highbury Hall, Moseley, Birmingham.

This year was a particularly important one for the Birmingham Civic Society as they were celebrating their Centenary year. The girls gave an amazing presentation to the judges on the final night which was described as passionate, full of research and data and a brilliant idea to combat loneliness in the local area.

After a tense wait, the team of Megan, Maya and Chloe were announced the winners from the final 5 schools who presented.  They were awarded the Next Generation Awards trophy and a cheque for £1500 to help put their project idea into action.

We are very proud, not only that our pupils won this prestigious competition, but that the compassion and kindness that they have shown in devising this project has been recognised and their hard work and planning will be able to become a reality. 

Award winners Megan, Maya and Chloe – Elderly Explore

 

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