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Kidzconnect with Council

23 May 2016

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Jumping for joy are  Ryan Montgomery (Ashgrove Primary) and Katie MPhillips (Greystone Primary) enjoying the Kidzconnect event at Mossley Mill.

Over 200 primary school children from across the Borough visited Mossley Mill on Friday and took part in Kidzconnect - an exciting and unique interactive engagement event.  From Rathcoole to Randalstown, Kidzconnect involved pupils from School Council’s right across the Borough.  The first of its kind in Northern Ireland, the event gave School Council members the opportunity to come face to face with the Mayor and Elected Members and ask the pressing questions they have always wanted!

Kidzconnect was focused on listening to the voices of our young people who took part in workshops throughout the day including a four corners walking debate regarding Council services.  Other workshops included how to stay safe online, planning an ideal summer scheme and designing and building a dream neighbourhood.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council now have a responsibility to develop a Community Plan and this event was vital in gathering the views and opinions of our future ratepayers.  Feedback and ideas provided by the children will be used by the Council to create the Community Plan.

The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg, attended the event and was questioned by the local pupils.  He commented: “this event was a fantastic opportunity for the children to have their say and put forward their ideas for their area.  I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with the children and I think a few of them may be after my job after hearing their ideas at the ‘if I was Mayor for the day I would’ workshop!”

For more information about the Community Plan and future consultation please contact Alison Keenan via 028 9034 0212 or [email protected]