St Helens Council collaborate with children from St Helens to develop a child friendly town.
In 2017 we collaborated with artist Mark Storor and schools in St Helens to explore what role places play in young people's emotional health. One of the project’s outcomes was a declaration (written by Rainford High School pupil Ben, scroll down to read) and delivered to St Helens Council on the steps of the Town Hall (read more about the Army of Beauty parade here).
In response, the council wanted to collaborate with children from St Helens to develop a child friendly town. Heart of Glass worked with the Children's Services team on a creative consultation with young people from across our town. The aspiration is that it will be the first step in making St Helens a 'Child-friendly Borough'!
We asked children and young people to lead this journey and help us find out: ‘what does a child-friendly borough look like and feel like to live in?
The views of children and young people were collected on postcards as part of the #DearStHelens Project; their ideas and inspirations were recorded and posted back to us. To start our journey with meaning and integrity, we aimed to collect as many responses from schools and community organisations to make it truly representative of our Borough.
If you are a young person, you could give us your ideas by filling in the postcard you were given at school or by sending us your thoughts digitally using an online form.
Adult responding on behalf of a young person could respond using the online form.
Follow the journey #dearsthelens
Key terms and resources:
Child Friendly Town/City: Every child has the right to grow up in an environment where they feel safe and secure, have access to basic services and clean air and water, can play, learn and grow and where their voice is heard and matters.
Unicef Initiative: https://childfriendlycities.org/
This explains how larger cities are working towards making their spaces better for children:
Young Person's Declaration
I am the vivid and vibrant
image of those who look upon
I am also the presence of
craziness, swirling in a variety
of directions. In
advance to that I am a picture
of the past, remembering all
the things which made me
what I am today. I am the body
of my entire family, coming
together to make one unique
and independent person. I am
the fire speaking my mind and
sticking up for other people’s
rights. Also, I am the swirls of
democracy. I want to ensure
that everybody has a say in the
world and that you are free to
stand up for your rights and
lead a happy and stress-free life.
Finally, I am the jagged angles of
a blue triangle which make me
imperfect and human,
not like a robot.