Age:13 From: London
Our communities are made up of all types of citizen: young, old, able, less able, a diverse tapestry which shapes our society. Within this mix, there are corporate citizens upon which communities rely, hospitals, doctors, dentists, schools, and emergency services. These all contribute to our communities. Working in partnership with First News & The Association for Citizenship Teaching, The British Citizen youth Award in association with Specsavers is recognising for the first time ever, the Outstanding Citizenship School 2019.
Sir John Heron Primary School, in London, year 3 pupils (aged 7-8 years old) voted to take action to address homelessness in their community. The aim of their project was to make more people aware of homelessness and its causes. The children wrote to their MP and the Mayor of London to share their concerns and recommended that the school curriculum includes mental health and financial education in an attempt to prevent homelessness in the future; two areas that the Department for Education is now taking action on.
The young children, supported by the school, have raised awareness that homelessness is caused by a multitude of issues, including mental health problems, difficult life events, poverty and even a lack of basic budgeting skills.