29 Oct 2012

The Election: Giving Local People a Voice

Trestle’s intergenerational project, The Election, kicked off last week with workshops in schools and a tea party at Trestle to give local people of all ages an opportunity to have a say about issues they care about by creating political parties and promoting their policies in a fun and engaging way.

Project leaders, Oliver Jones and Anna Reynolds, have been working with local schools to find out what young people think about national and local policies and explore how much they know. We’ve been very impressed so far by the young people’s ideas and desire to have a voice and we look forward to working creatively with these young people to have their say:

“The Election got off to a good start with some lively ideas coming from a year 7 class at Samuel Ryder Academy. Key ‘policies’ from the 11 and 12 year olds included; ‘Be less selfish’, ‘More things for young people to do, skate parks’ … the class were interested in creating their own political party, most felt that young people don’t have a voice or a say in politics” said Anna. “The Trestle Tea Party also gathered lots of young people and their ideas for new policies … looking forward to seeing the year 7′s again and taking things up a level, and starting work with year 5 groups at primary level”
We’d love more adults from the local community to join The Election to bring people of all ages together, understand the issues affecting different generations and to share skills and ideas through drama, digital media or other creative forms. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to ‘Create, Debate and Have Your Say!’

If you or a group of friends would like to be involved, we are holding open workshops at Trestle Arts Base on the following dates:-

Wednesday November 21st, 6-8pm
Wednesday December 5th, 6-8pm

If you’d like come along, please call us on 01727 850950 / emailtakingpart@trestle.org.uk / Tweet @trestletheatre or just turn up! #TrestleTheElection

The Election is supported by St Albans City & District Council

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