Tuesday, 13 November 2007

My colleague Hannah Lamplugh, who is our Participation Officer in the Health Initiatives team, sent me this e-mail...

“Dear Chris, Please find below the winning manifesto for this year's Mayor for the Day -Local Democracy Week. You will notice that the focus is very much on environment and sustainability, an issue you are passionate about. I will be working with the winner to support him to prepare for his deputation to the full council on 16th January 2008. The winner, Connor Prior, was also elected as a new member of the Leeds Youth Council this month and at their Annual Conference on Saturday, several new youth councillors also identified the environment as an issue they wanted to address in Leeds. I will keep you informed how this work develops. It could be an opportunity to share the draft sustainability audit tool developed by children and young people at the Sustainable Schools Summit, facilitated by Leeds Healthy School Programme in July 2007. I mentioned the Sustainability Audit to Connor and he seemed very interested as a way of tackling some of the issues he felt needed addressing in schools. Connor's parents informed me his school Cardinal Heenan were also very keen to address the environmental issues Connor identified in the school. It is National Takeover day next Friday and we produced guidance and ideas to support schools in getting involved. Dee informed us that you and other members of the strategic team wanted to participate in the day. Would you like me to approach Connor to see if he would be available to work with you on the 23rd November 2007? Alternatively I have good school council links in the majority of the high schools, if you would like me to contact the schools to identify young people to work alongside Education Leeds on Takeover Day. Kind regards Hannah”

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