CLIC Sargent has won a gold commendation from the Children's Commissioner for a special Takeover Day that saw young people take over some of the top roles at the charity.
The charity welcomed a fantastic group of young people into various roles on 18 November last year, including that of CLIC Sargent’s Chief Executive Kate Lee, along with the rest of the charity’s senior executive team.
The day took place as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge, a hugely successful project which saw organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.
CLIC Sargent’s Participation Lead for Young People Rebecca Horder said: “We are so pleased to receive a gold commendation for our Takeover Day.
"This was a great opportunity for us all to work directly with young people that we support and give them a taste of what it’s like to be in our shoes."
“CLIC Sargent believes if you’re a young person who has had cancer; you’re the best person to explain what it's really like and tell us what support is needed.
“Every part of CLIC Sargent – from our services staff to our fundraising teams – are involved in creating opportunities for children and young people to share their opinions.
“By working with and listening to children and young people, we can make a difference together.”
Like any new job, the young people applied for the roles they were interested in, and were asked how their interests and skills fit with the role, what they would gain from the opportunity of ‘taking over’ the role and any particular areas of interest they have in the role.
On the day the 10 young people were given the opportunity to ‘take over’ the executive team’s meeting.
One young person said they wanted to ‘push boundaries to make CLIC Sargent even better than it already is’ and another said they thought the experience would help them when applying for jobs in the future.
All of the young people who took part on the day were known to CLIC Sargent’s Participation service, which aims to put children, young people and their families at the heart of everything the charity does.
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To find out more about the challenge visit the Children's Commissioner's website.