Teenagers from The Challenge, a government-backed volunteering scheme, have selected MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival their social action project for 2016.
The young people’s programme is part of the National Citizenship Service (NCS), which enables 15 to 17-year-olds to gain new life skills and have a positive impact on their own community. The MGSO4 team will offer guidance to help more than 100 young people from Epsom, Ewell and surrounding areas of Surrey to develop plans to increase community arts participation and cohesion.
Ali Waters, MGSO4’s head of inclusion, met members of the NCS Youth Panel, who have been elected by their peers to lead the project.
She said: “Each group came up with some fantastic festival ideas in an initial brainstorming session. We want everyone to be part of MGSO4 and the young representatives I met were very enthusiastic.
“Supporting young people to design and deliver activities that they themselves would enjoy adds value to the festival, and will hopefully give them the confidence and skills to create new opportunities in the future.”